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BWF cancels China Open and other tournaments over COVID-19

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 29, 2020   /   06:59 pm
BWF cancels China Open and other tournaments over COVID-19 Lin Dan of China reacts during his men's singles first round match against compatriot Chen Long at the Fuzhou China Open badminton tournament in Fuzhou on Nov. 6, 2019. (AFP/File)

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has called off more international tournaments, including the 2020 BWF World Tour, due to heightened concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The four canceled tournaments – the Yonex Taiwan Open, Korea Open, Victor China Open, and Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open – were originally set to take place throughout September.

BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund said the federation was prioritizing the health and safety of the events’ stakeholder given that the current coronavirus crisis had shown no signs of subsiding in the near future.

“We are deeply disappointed to have to cancel tournaments but feel that the well-being of everyone involved is most important at this time,” Lund said on the federation’s website, bwfbadminton.com, on Wednesday, adding that the BWF would ensure total compliance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) protocols over the course of the health emergency.

The federation stated that it would issue an update on its website on its website regarding tournaments in the remainder of this year. 

In April, the BWF had called off a number of tournaments scheduled for May to July.

The 2020 Blibli Indonesia Open, which was originally to be held in Jakarta from June 16 to 21, is set to run from Nov. 11 to 22, according to the new schedule.