BWF seeks ‘clarity’ from China earlier than deciding on World Tour Finals

New Delhi, July 11

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Saturday stated it was ready for “more clarity” from China earlier than it takes a name on the season-ending World Tour Finals scheduled in December.

China’s General Administration of Sport on Friday stated the nation wouldn’t host any of its deliberate worldwide occasions this 12 months besides the trials for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to cease the unfold of coronavirus.

The determination has put doubtful occasions together with the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, which was pushed again by per week to December 16-20 within the revamped calendar as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The BWF is aware of the directive announced by the General Administration of Sport of China regarding the restriction of international sports for the rest of 2020,” the badminton governing physique stated in an announcement.

“BWF is in close contact with its relevant partners, including the Chinese Badminton Association (CBA), to get more clarity on the situation and how this affects the BWF Tournament Calendar 2020.” Among different occasions to be held within the nation, China Masters which was scheduled in August has already been referred to as off, whereas the China Open World Tour Super 1000 occasion (September 15-20, Changzhou) and the Fuzhou China Open World Tour Super 750 (November 3-8) are nonetheless scheduled later within the 12 months within the revised calendar.

In May, the BWF had unveiled a revised worldwide calendar to salvage the rest of the season. However, with the worldwide well being disaster exhibiting no indicators of abating, many occasions had been cancelled from the reworked calendar.

The world physique had additionally introduced that rating factors earned at tournaments in the course of the authentic qualification part can 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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