The Badminton World Federation has today named Suzhou in China as the host of the Sudirman Cup Finals, the world mixed team championships, in 2023.

The city was scheduled to host the finals this year only for all BWF events to be moved out of China because of Covid-19 restrictions, and the competition will now be held in Vantaa in Finland from 26 September to 3 October.

India was originally due to stage the 2023 Sudirman Cup but will now host the 2026 World Championships instead.

Thomas Lund, secretary general of BWF, said on Tuesday: “Suzhou has demonstrated great capabilities in planning for the 2021 edition and we look forward to brining the TotelEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals back to China in 2023.

“We thank host organiser Suzhou, the Chinese Badminton Association, as well as the Badminton Association of India for their cooperation during this process.”

The coronavirus pandemic has forced various alterations to the 2021 BWF calendar.

The governing body recently relocated the three-tournament Asian leg of this year’s HSBC BWF World Tour to Bali in Indonesia, with the delayed 2020 edition of the Thomas and Uber Cup set to take place in Aarhus, Denmark from 9 to 17 October.

The organisation said the changes were made to ensure tournaments could be resumed over the next six months.

The BWF has also cancelled several tournaments planned for the second half of the year including the Victor and Fuzhou China Opens, the Japan Open, the India Open, the Hong Kong Open, the New Zealand Open, Australian Open, Hyderabad Open in India and Vietnam Open.

In addition, the Malaysia Masters, Malaysia Open and Korea Masters have all been postponed.