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Thomas and Uber Cup postponed to 2021

Japan competes against China during the Thomas Cup Final (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

The Badminton World Federation has shelved the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision was made following the withdrawal of a number of participating teams from the event and after consultation with local host Badminton Denmark. The finals were slated to take place in the Danish city from October 3-11.

Despite the Danish organisers plans to implement a bubble system to create a safe badminton environment, a growing number of teams and individual players decided not to travel to Denmark for the tournament.

Last week, Indonesia joined Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea in backing out of the competition due to Covid-19 risks. The Indonesian Badminton Association cited concerns athletes and team officials could be exposed to infection while travelling or even at the venue.

The BWF said: “These are exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in and while a return to international badminton remains a priority for the BWF, the health and safety of the entire badminton community is of utmost importance.”

The global pandemic has already forced organisers to postpone this year’s Thomas and Uber Cup twice. The championships were initially scheduled for May 16-24 and were then postponed to August 15-23.

The BWF is also currently looking for dates in 2021 to schedule its World Men’s and Women’s Team Championships, and studying the feasibility of the planned Asian leg of its World Tour.