The Badminton World Federation (BWF), in close consultation and consensus with the Host Member Associations and Continental Confederations, has taken the necessary step to suspend a number of HSBC BWF World Tour, BWF Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments currently scheduled to take place in May, June and July. Also Read - Pullela Gopichand Urges BWF to Make 'Radical Changes' in Format to Restart Badminton in Post-COVID-World
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world over, a total number of 13 events have been cancelled. Tournaments affected include three HSBC BWF World Tour events headlined by the BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2020 (Super 1000), plus a number of Grade 3, Junior and Para badminton competitions. Also Read - BAI Allowed to Host India Open in December-January
The escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic globally has led all parties to confirm the suspension of these tournaments. The health, safety and well-being of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community remains the top priority. Also Read - Fast-Rising Lakshya Sen Rues Timing of Forced Break
Last week, BWF froze the World Rankings and World Junior Rankings until further notice, with ranking lists backdated to 17 March 2020. BWF will provide more clarity on the unfreezing of rankings once it is deemed safe to resume tournaments.
The BWF is also reviewing the impacts of the rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games upon the Olympic and Paralympic qualification system. This review process is expected to take several weeks upon which BWF will make a further announcement.
List of Cancelled Tournaments are as follows -:
Grade 2 International Tournaments: Australian Open 2020 (2-7 June) Thailand Open 2020 (9-14 June) Indonesia Open 2020 (16-21 June) Russian Open 2020 (7-12 July)
Other: Grade 3, Junior and Para Badminton Denmark Challenge 2020 (7-10 May) Slovenia International 2020 (13-16 May) Latvia International 2020 (28-31 May) Vietnam International Challenge 2020 (2-7 June) Lithuanian International 2020 (4-7 June) Canada Para Badminton International 2020 (9-14 June) Russian International Junior White Nights 2020 (25-28 June) White Nights 2020 (1-5 July) All England Junior Badminton Championships 2020 (16-19 July)