The Thomas and Uber Cup in Denmark was on Tuesday postponed to subsequent yr by the Badminton World Federation following a wave of withdrawals by prime groups as a result of raging COVID-19 pandemic. India had introduced each the lads’s and girls’s squads for the distinguished occasion which was scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from October three to 11.
Nonetheless, after Indonesia and South Korea on Friday joined Thailand, Australia, Chinese language Taipei and Algeria in pulling out as a result of dreaded illness, the game’s governing physique held a digital emergency council assembly on Sunday.
“The Badminton World Federation (BWF), in full session and settlement with native host Badminton Denmark, has made the powerful determination to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark,” BWF mentioned in a press release.
“The choice comes following the withdrawal of a lot of taking part groups from the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and the European leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour.
“BWF is trying into attainable various dates to reschedule the World Males’s and Girls’s Group Championships, however on dates not earlier than into 2021.”
BWF had tried to rope in Singapore and Hong Kong as substitute however they declined the invitation. There have been additionally stories that Japan was considering withdrawing from the occasion, whereas China too was awaiting authorities’s approval. September 18 was the final date for affirmation.
Amongst prime gamers, India’s Saina Nehwal had on Sunday raised issues in regards to the timing of the occasion, asking whether or not it might be protected to go forward with it in the course of the pandemic.
Saina, alongwith Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu, have been supposed to guide the 10-member ladies’s crew in Uber Cup, whereas former world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth would have spearheaded the Indian males’s marketing campaign in Thomas Cup.
The BWF has, nevertheless, determined that the “Denmark Open in Odense, a HSBC BWF World Tour Occasion, will proceed as initially deliberate within the BWF Event Calendar (13-18 October).”
“The second match scheduled for Odense – the VICTOR Denmark Masters 2020 – slated for 20-25 October has been cancelled as it’s now not possible to conduct this extra occasion.”
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