Thomas & Uber Cup Postponed, Denmark Masters Axed, But Denmark Open Will Happen

By: Editor
Date: 15 Sep, 2020
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Badminton World Federation has postponed the upcoming Thomas & Uber Cup Finals, due to the widespread safety & health concerns as well as the withdrawal of some of the top teams from this year’s edition of the competition.

In a statement released earlier today, the BWF termed the decision a tough one, and was made in consultation with the local association - Badminton Denmark.

“In view of the recent COVID-19 related developments around the world, a number of teams and individual players have elected not to travel to Denmark for tournaments in Aarhus and Odense; a choice the BWF has to respect and acknowledge.

“Therefore, after lengthy discussions with key stakeholders, commercial partners and participating Member Associations, it has been realised that we are not in a position to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected by fans and all stakeholders, and as a result have decided that we will not stage this year’s TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals on the dates 3-11 October 2020,” the statement said.
According to the governing body, there being exceptional circumstances, they had no choice but to postpone the comeback event of topflight badminton.

“While a return to international badminton remains a priority for the BWF, the health and safety of the entire badminton community is of utmost importance,” outlined BWF.

Alternative dates will not be available until 2021, and it will be mostly likely after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

In the same statement, BWF clarified that the Danisa Denmark Open 2020 in Odense, will proceed as planned while the Viktor Denmark Masters also stands cancelled. 

The Odense event will be used as an opportunity to implement the required Covid Safety Protocols and Operating Procedures, which can be then replicated across the proposed restart of the international badminton tournaments.

“A study into the continued feasibility of the planned Asian leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour (three HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments hosted in an Asian location) is being conducted and BWF will make further announcements as soon as details are clarified,” informed the BWF statement on the Asia leg of the curtailed HSBC BWF World Tour Calendar, announced earlier.

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