BWF World Tour’s Asia leg tournaments postponed to January 2021 | Badminton News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has postponed the Asian leg of the adjusted BWF World Tour 2020 to January 2021. The three tournaments – Asia Open-I Super 1000, Asia Open-II Super 1000 and the BWF World Tour Finals – will now be held in Bangkok next year.
Earlier, BWF wanted to conduct these tournaments in the month of November. However, with many Asian countries not ready to participate in this tournament, BWF has moved these events to January.
“Badminton World Federation and Badminton Association of Thailand, in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, completed a feasibility study to ensure all parties can provide a safe Covid-19 framework to stage the three tournaments. The study concluded Thailand to be the agreed host of the three-tournament Asian leg. BWF greatly appreciates the cooperation of the Badminton Association of Thailand and the support and contribution of the government of Thailand in committing to this important step as part of the restart of international badminton tournaments,” BWF said in release on Friday.
As per the new schedule, Asia Open-1 will be held between January 12-17, Asia Open-II from January 19-24 and World Tour Finals between January 27 and 31.
“It was agreed by the BWF Council that staging the Asian leg in November as originally planned was no longer a viable option of being able to guarantee the highest standard of tournament including securing all logistical arrangements for players and participants. The January dates provide BWF with the best possible opportunity to resume and complete the HSBC BWF World Tour in 2020 as part of our return to international badminton,” BWF said.
The world body also said that Denmark Open will be conducted as per the schedule.
“The three Asian leg tournaments now sit alongside the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 (13-18 October) in forming the conclusion to the new-look HSBC World Tour 2020 calendar,” BWF said.

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