Thursday, 20 Jun 2024

News | BWF World Tour

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has made further changes to the status of tournaments in the revamped calendar for the remainder of the 2020 season. These changes are a result of the fast-changing landscape of the COVID-19 situation, which has required frequent communication between BWF and its Member Association hosts.

According to BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund, circumstances are constantly changing in different countries and territories, which may lead to further updates to the status of tournaments as necessary. However, these changes do not directly impact the new BWF Tournament Calendar 2020, which was designed to be flexible in response to the ongoing pandemic.

Notable Changes

  • The CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2020 (HSBC BWF World Tour – Super 300) has been cancelled. Despite initial suspension, it has been determined that finding suitable replacement dates is not feasible. The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from 2-7 June.
  • The Hyderabad Open 2020 (11-16 August), a Super 100 on the BWF Tour, has been cancelled in agreement with the Badminton Association of India.
  • The GWANGJU Korea Masters 2020 (HSBC BWF World Tour – Super 300), scheduled for 24-29 November, has also been cancelled. Instead, Badminton Korea will host the Korea Open 2020 (8-13 September) in Week 37.

Secretary General Lund expressed his gratitude to all Member Association hosts for their patience, cooperation, and consultation throughout this process. The varying health, safety, and movement restrictions across the globe mean that adjustments are necessary to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as international and domestic travel restrictions.

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Lund emphasized that the revamped calendar serves as the main planning tool for hosts and players to resume tournament activities. He called for the support and perseverance of everyone involved to bring the badminton ecosystem back to normal.

Three tournaments are still suspended, and an announcement regarding their status will be made in due course. These tournaments are:

  • YONEX German Open 2020 (3-8 March)
  • YONEX Swiss Open 2020 (17-22 March)
  • 2020 European Championships (21-26 April)

In addition, there have been significant updates to Continental Grade 3 tournaments and the BWF Junior International Tournament Calendar.

For more information, please refer to the updated BWF Tournament Calendar 2020, available on the Carnegiecentre website.

FAQs

Q: How are the BWF World Tour tournaments being affected by the COVID-19 situation?
A: The BWF has been closely monitoring the situation and making changes to the tournament calendar as necessary. Some tournaments have been cancelled, while others have been rescheduled or suspended until further notice.

Q: What is the CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2020?
A: The CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2020 is an HSBC BWF World Tour event that was originally scheduled to take place from 2-7 June. However, it has been cancelled due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q: What is the Hyderabad Open 2020?
A: The Hyderabad Open 2020 is a Super 100 tournament on the BWF Tour. Unfortunately, it has been cancelled in agreement with the Badminton Association of India.

Q: What is the GWANGJU Korea Masters 2020?
A: The GWANGJU Korea Masters 2020 is an HSBC BWF World Tour event that was scheduled to take place from 24-29 November. However, it has been cancelled, and the Korea Open 2020 will be hosted by Badminton Korea instead.

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Conclusion

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the BWF World Tour tournaments, leading to changes in the tournament calendar. The BWF is committed to ensuring the health and safety of participants and complying with the guidelines set by health authorities and travel restrictions. Despite the challenges, the badminton community remains resilient and united in their efforts to return to normalcy. For the most up-to-date information on the BWF Tournament Calendar 2020, visit our website at Carnegiecentre.