Wednesday, 22 May 2024

BWF World Tour Sets Exciting Stage for Badminton in Thailand

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) have come together to announce the staging of two HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournaments and the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2021[^1^]. This collaboration aims to revive badminton and support international players affected by the pandemic, in addition to showcasing Thailand’s ability to hold world-class sporting events.

An Important Opportunity for Badminton’s Return

Following the successful DANISA Denmark Open 2020 earlier this month, the Asian leg of the BWF World Tour will help kickstart the sport’s return and provide a platform for players to showcase their skills once again[^1^]. With Thailand’s impressive track record in organizing major badminton tournaments, the country is expected to deliver a spectacular month of badminton in January 2021[^1^]. BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer expressed his confidence in Thailand’s ability to make badminton shine on the international sports calendar once more[^1^].

Boosting Tourism and the Economy

Not only do these tournaments mark a significant step towards restoring Thailand’s tourism economy but also demonstrate the country’s capacity to host world-class sporting events[^1^]. The Minister of Tourism and Sports highlighted the positive impact of the tournaments, stating that they align with the ministry’s vision to integrate tourism and sports[^1^]. The events are also expected to stimulate an economy that has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic[^1^].

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Historic Milestone for Thailand

BAT expressed their gratitude to the Government of Thailand, all government stakeholders, and principle partners HSBC, Yonex, and Toyota for their contributions in making these tournaments possible[^1^]. The Asian leg will see three badminton tournaments of this caliber being held in Thailand within a single month, a first for the country[^1^]. The organizers are committed to implementing strict health and safety measures to ensure the well-being of everyone involved[^1^].

Excitement Builds for the HSBC BWF World Tour

HSBC Thailand CEO Kelvin Tan expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming HSBC BWF World Tour 2020 season’s conclusion[^1^]. As a sport that holds deep meaning for HSBC and its customers across the region, the safe return of international badminton to Asia is highly anticipated[^1^]. Tan also extended his gratitude to BWF and the tournament hosts in Thailand for prioritizing the health and safety of fans and players[^1^]. HSBC is looking forward to supporting an exciting month of badminton in January 2021[^1^].

With further details on logistics and health and safety measures to be disclosed in due course, badminton enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing top-class badminton action in Thailand next year[^1^].

FAQ

Q: When will the BWF World Tour tournaments take place in Thailand?

A: The YONEX Thailand Open (Super 1000) will be held from January 12-17, 2021, followed by the TOYOTA Thailand Open (Super 1000) from January 19-24, 2021. The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 will take place from January 27-31, 2021[^1^].

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Q: How will these tournaments benefit Thailand?

A: These tournaments present an excellent opportunity to revive Thailand’s tourism economy and showcase the country’s potential in hosting world-class sporting events. It is also expected to stimulate the economy, which has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic[^1^].

Summary

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) have announced the staging of two HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournaments and the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2021. The Asian leg of the tour aims to kickstart badminton’s return and support international players affected by the pandemic. These tournaments not only boost Thailand’s tourism economy but also highlight the country’s ability to host world-class sporting events. With three major badminton tournaments taking place within a single month, this is an unprecedented milestone for Thailand. Strict health and safety measures will be implemented to ensure the well-being of all participants. Badminton enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing top-class badminton action and supporting the sport’s revival in Thailand next year.