Kuala Lumpur, July 29
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has cancelled 4 tournaments, together with Taipei Open 2020 and Korea Open, because of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Taipei Open was slated to happen from September 1 to September 6, whereas the Korea Open was scheduled to be held from September eight to September 13. Apart from that the opposite two tournaments which have been cancelled are China Open (September 15-20) and Japan Open (September 22-27).
BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund stated: “These decisions to cancel tournaments are made in the best interest of the health of the players, spectators, volunteers and member associations.” “We are deeply disappointed to have to cancel tournaments, but feel that the well-being of everyone involved is most important at this time.” Lund added: “We share the frustration of many all over the world who have been trying ahead to the return of badminton and recognize all the continued help from our followers and companions as we proceed to navigate the rest of the 2020 season.
“The BWF will continue to adjust to changes to ensure any badminton activity 100% complies to the rules and regulations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), local health authorities, and international and domestic travel restrictions,” Lund additional stated.
Earlier, the BWF had introduced the cancellations of the China Masters and Dutch Open from its revamped calendar for the 2020 season as a result of pandemic. — IANS