Wednesday, 22 May 2024

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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has recently announced a revised tournament calendar for the remainder of 2020 in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BWF, in collaboration with Member Association hosts, has devoted significant effort to develop a framework that allows for the potential return of badminton. This framework includes rescheduling top-tier events that were previously postponed or suspended.

Thomas Lund, the Secretary General of BWF, acknowledges the difficulties associated with planning badminton’s return. However, he expresses confidence that the condensed calendar provides a solid foundation for restarting the sport when it is safe and logistically feasible.

It is important to note that the resumption of competition will only occur when it is unequivocally safe to do so. The health, safety, and well-being of all athletes, officials, and the wider badminton community remains the top priority for BWF.

In addition to prioritizing the safety of stakeholders, the BWF has also made concerted efforts to support badminton players and Member Associations during these challenging times. Preparations have been made to ensure the quick return of badminton at all levels, globally.

The unfreezing of world rankings is currently being deliberated, with the aim of avoiding any significant point drops that would disrupt the ranking structure. The BWF is also considering the impact of the revamped tournament schedule on player regulations, including those related to Olympic and Paralympic qualifying.

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Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable changes and updates to the tournament calendar:

Notable Changes

  • The HSBC BWF World Tour is set to resume with the YONEX Taipei Open 2020 (Super 300) from 1-6 September.
  • The BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open 2020 (Super 300), BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2020 (Super 1000), CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2020 (Super 750), TOYOTA Thailand Open 2020 (Super 500), and YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2020 (Super 500) have all been rescheduled.
  • The season-ending HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China has been pushed back by a week and will now conclude on 20 December 2020.
  • The TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark will take place on the rescheduled dates of 3-11 October 2020.

Please note that four tournaments remain suspended, as suitable replacement dates are still being finalized for these events. Additionally, several tournaments have been cancelled for the year.

Suspended Tournaments

  • YONEX German Open 2020 (3-8 March)
  • YONEX Swiss Open 2020 (17-22 March)
  • 2020 European Championships (21-26 April)
  • CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2020 (2-7 June)

Cancelled Tournaments

  • Orleans Masters 2020 (24-29 March)
  • Singapore Open (7-12 April)
  • Badminton Asia Championships 2020 (21-26 April)
  • XXIV Pan Am Individual Championships 2020 (23-26 April)
  • YONEX US Open 2020 (23-28 June)
  • YONEX Canada Open 2020 (30 June-5 July)
  • Russian Open (7-12 July)
  • YONEX Akita Masters 2020 (18-23 August)
  • Vietnam Open 2020 (25-30 August)
  • Indonesia Masters 2020 Super 100 (29 September-4 October)
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For precise details and an updated overview of the BWF Tournament Calendar 2020, please visit the official BWF website.

FAQs

Q: When will the badminton tournaments resume?
A: The BWF has put in considerable effort to plan for the resumption of badminton tournaments in the safest and most feasible manner. However, the exact timing will depend on the lifting of international travel restrictions and entry requirements by individual countries and territories.

Q: What is the BWF doing to support badminton players and Member Associations during this challenging period?
A: The BWF is committed to ensuring the livelihoods of badminton players and supporting Member Associations. Preparations have been made at all levels to facilitate the quick return of badminton as soon as it becomes possible.

Q: Will there be any changes to the world rankings due to the pandemic?
A: The BWF is carefully considering the model for unfreezing world rankings to avoid any significant point drops that could disrupt the ranking structure.

Summary

In response to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced a revised tournament calendar for the remainder of 2020. The BWF has prioritized the health, safety, and well-being of all stakeholders while planning for the potential return of badminton.

Notable changes include the rescheduling of top-tier events, the announcement of new hosts for various tournaments, and the pushback of the season-ending HSBC BWF World Tour Finals. Several tournaments remain suspended, and others have been cancelled for the year.

The BWF is working diligently to support badminton players and Member Associations during these challenging times, with preparations in place for the swift return of the sport at all levels.

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For more information and the most up-to-date tournament calendar, please refer to the official BWF website.