BWF cancels China Masters, Dutch Open on account of COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi, July 7

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday cancelled two extra worldwide tournaments – China Masters and Dutch Open – from its revamped 2020 calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Two BWF Tour Super 100 tournaments have been cancelled from the revamped BWF Tournament Calendar for the year – the Lingshui China Masters 2020 and YONEX Dutch Open 2020,” the governing physique mentioned in a launch.

The Lingshui China Masters was earlier scheduled to be held from February 25 to March 1 however was postponed twice as a result of COVID-19 outbreak.

“It was initially postponed until May and then moved again to 25-30 August 2020,” the BWF mentioned.

The Dutch Open was on account of happen from October 6 to 11 in Almere, Netherlands.

“Badminton Netherlands announced the cancellation of their flagship tournament citing continued risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” mentioned the worldwide physique.

In May, the BWF had unveiled a revised worldwide calendar to salvage the rest of the season, disrupted by the worldwide well being disaster which is exhibiting no indicators of abating.

The apex physique had additionally introduced that rating factors earned at tournaments in the course of the unique qualification part will probably be maintained.

The BWF had earlier frozen the world rankings and made the standings on March 17 as the idea for entry and seedings, when it resumes the worldwide calendar. PTI

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