Thomas and Uber Cup In Denmark on Tuesday, the Badminton World Federation was postponed to next year Following a comeback wave by top teams due to the furious COVID-19 pandemic. India announced squads for both men and women for the prestigious event to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from 3 to 11 October.
However, after Indonesia and South Korea joined Thailand, Australia, Chinese Taipei and Algeria on Friday, due to the dreaded disease, the sport’s governing body held a virtual emergency council meeting on Sunday.
“The Badminton World Federation (BWF), in full consultation and agreement with local host Badminton Denmark, has made the harsh decision to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Final 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark,” BWM said in a statement.
“The decision comes after TOTAL BWF Thomas and the number of teams participating from the Uber Cup final and the return of the European leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour.
“BWF is considering possible alternate dates to resume the World Men’s and Women’s Team Championships, but not before the date in i21.”
The BWF had tried to rope in Singapore and Hong Kong as replacements but declined the invitation. There were also reports that Japan was considering withdrawing from the event, while China was also awaiting government approval. September 18 was the last date of confirmation.
Among the top players, Saina Nehwal of India had expressed concern over the timing of the event on Sunday., Asking if it would be safe to proceed with it in the midst of an epidemic.
Saina with Olympic silver medalist PV Indus, Was to lead the 10-member women’s team in the Uber Cup, while former World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth would have led the Indian men’s campaign in the Thomas Cup.
However, the BWF has decided that “Denmark Open in Odense, an HSBC BWF World Tour event, will be originally planned in the BWF tournament calendar (13–18 October).”
“The second tournament scheduled for Odense – VICTOR Denmark Masters 2020 – slate for 20-25 October has been canceled as it is no longer possible to hold additional events.”
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