2nd shift: BWF moves Thomas, Uber Cups to October

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton World Federation and Badminton Denmark announced Wednesday that the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark have been postponed for a second time to new dates of 3 – 11 October.

The postponement was necessitated after the Danish government extended coronavirus social-distancing measures banning “larger gatherings” until the end of August. 

Following that announcement, both BWF and Badminton Denmark agreed that it was no longer feasible to stage the championships on the rescheduled dates of 15-23 August. The men's and women's tournaments were originally scheduled for May.

"It is sad for us to change the dates again. However, our immediate concern is with the safety of all involved in this very uncertain time," Badminton Denmark CEO Bo Jensen said in a BWF statement.

"It's still an achievement for us to be the first country outside of Asia to host the BWF Thomas and Uber Cup finals and we are looking forward to welcoming fans, players, volunteers, officials and staff in the safest way possible."

Badminton's All England Championships were one of the last major events held worldwide before the coronavirus put most professional sport on hold in mid-March.