BWF revises 2020 tournament schedule, 10 events cancelled and four suspended
The Badminton World Federation has published a revised tournament schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season, with action set to start on 11 August in Hyderabad, India.
In all, eight tournaments have been rescheduled from their original dates, four have been suspended (in Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine and Australia), and 10 have been cancelled altogether.
The suspended tournaments were due to take place in March, April, and June, and the BWF has said that “suitable replacement dates are still being finalised.”
As with almost all global sport in 2020, the BWF’s original schedule has been heavily disrupted by the onset of the coronavirus in the early months of this year, and the subsequent sporting shutdown.
After the season starts with the Hyderabad Open in mid-August, the BWF’s top-tier World Tour will return with the Taipei Open from 1 to 6 September, and will continue through the autumn until the season ends with the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China, from 16 to 20 December.
The latter event has been pushed back a week to make space for other tournaments.
Thomas Lund, the BWF’s general secretary, said: “It is a condensed calendar but we are confident this provides the framework to allow us to start again when it is safe and logistically possible.
“It is difficult to predict when international movement and entry restrictions will be lifted by individual countries and territories.”
The following tournaments have been cancelled; the Orleans Masters, the Singapore Open, the Badminton Asia Championships, the XXIV Pan AM Individual Championships, the US Open, the Canada Open, the Russian Open, the Akita Masters, the Vietnam Open, and the Indonesia Masters Super 100.
Last month, the BWF, in collaboration with Badminton Denmark, scheduled new dates for the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, the biennial national teams tournament.
The finals, which have been postponed and rescheduled twice, will now take place from 3 to 11 October.