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Badminton World Federation forced to scrap Asian tournaments

The Badminton World Federation has cancelled four tournaments in Asia due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The cancelled tournaments are the Yonex Taipei Open on September 1-6, the Korea Open on September 8-13, the Victor China Open on September 15-20, and the Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open on September 22-27.

The BWF said the decision to scrap the events was taken after consulting with the relevant hosts.

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.

“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.”

Japan has recently witnessed a nationwide surge in Covid-19 infections raising questions over whether a state of emergency will be imposed. The Japan Open was slated to be held in Yokohama September 22-27.

On July 9, the General Administration of Sports of China announced that it would not be hosting most of its planned international sports events this year. However, the updated BWF tournament calendar still lists the season-ending HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou as scheduled to take place on December 16-20.