New Delhi:Badminton's world governing body has granted security approval for Hyderabad to host the world championships in August.
V.K. Verma, president of the Badminton Association of India, said Thursday the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has endorsed the security arrangements for the Aug. 10-16 worlds to be staged in the southern Indian city.
"An appraisal of arrangements for the world championships was conducted by the BWF's security consultants, who submitted a report to the world body," Verma told The Associated Press.
"The report was presented to the BWF's executive board during its recent meeting in Basel, where the Indian organizers were given a go-ahead for the world championships."
He said organizers would now hire a security coordinator for the event.
Security concerns over sports events in South Asia have been raised recently after a terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan. Seven players, an assistant coach and a match official were among those injured. Six policemen and a driver were killed in the ambush by heavily armed gunmen.
In November, terror attacks in Mumbai left 164 people dead and forced the cancellation in India of a Twenty20 cricket tournament involving provincial teams from five countries.
The Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament has been moved to South Africa due to security concerns because the dates clashed with India's general elections.