BWF wants clarity from China over fate of World Tour Finals
The Badminton World Federation is seeking clarification from the Chinese government following the decision announced last week to cancel all international sporting events in the country for the rest of 2020.
The 2020 BWF World Tour Finals, one of the most prestigious events on the governing body’s annual calendar, were scheduled to take place in Guangzhou from 16 to 20 December but are now in serious doubt.
On Friday, China's General Administration of Sports announced the country would not host any international sports events for the remainder of the year, except for trials for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The decision by the GAS has been taken to try and stop athletes or staff from overseas bringing coronavirus into China (from where the pandemic originated).
In a statement, the BWF said it "is in close contact with its relevant partners including the Chinese Badminton Association, to get more clarity on the situation and how this affects the BWF Tournament Calendar 2020.”
In addition to the World Tour Finals, the BWF calendar includes two other events in China - the China Open in Changzhou from 15 to 20 September, and the Fuzhou China Open from 3 to 8 November.
The governing body has already had to suspend 10 events this year because of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Olympic Council of Asia has said it is in discussions over rescheduling the 2020 Asian Beach Games, which are due to be held in Sanya, a city in China’s Hainan province, from 28 November to 6 December.
In a statement on the quadrennial games, the OCA said: “The OCA and the Chinese Olympic Committee are in discussions to reschedule the dates of the Sanya Asian Beach Games. The three parties have been in constant contact all year regarding the Asian Beach Games, and are closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis and working together to adjust the dates, if needed.”
Other sports set to be affected by the ban on international sports events include Formula 1, men’s and women’s tennis, cycling and golf.