BWF cancels all Sep events, postpones season restart

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) postponed the season restart on Wednesday by cancelling all World Tour tournaments in September due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

BWF gave notice that the following tournaments have been cancelled:
YONEX Taipei Open 2020 – Taipei – 01-06 September
Korea Open – Gwangju – 08-13 September
VICTOR China Open – Changzhou – 15-20 September
DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open – Yokohama – 22-27 September

BWF secretary general Thomas Lund said: “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: “I would like to acknowledge the significant efforts made by our Member Associations in the regions throughout this process for their patience and commitment to the BWF. We share the disappointment of many around the world who were looking forward to the return of badminton and appreciate all of the continued support from our fans and partners as we continue to navigate the remainder 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 Organization (WHO), local
health authorities, and international and domestic travel restrictions.” Lund said.

Following this announcement the BWF and its partners are closely monitoring and adhering to all government guidelines on future tournaments. An update on the remainder of tournaments for 2020 will be made in due course.