The COVID-19 pandemic has consumed four more Badminton World Federation global tournaments.
The Badminton World Federation has confirmed that the four more elite international competitions are being cancelled due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Four tournaments slated for September in different Asian nations are affected by the decision.
The $1,100,000 China Open and the $ 750,000 Japan Open are the prominent competitions among the four cancelled World Tour Super events.
- YONEX Taipei Open 2020 (01-06 September)
- Korea Open (08-13 September)
- VICTOR China Open (15-20 September)
- DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open (22-27 September)
“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,” BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said in a Press release.
“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.
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