BWF postpones Thomas and Uber Cup Finals to subsequent yr following withdrawal of prime groups

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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 boys’s and ladies’s squads for the distinguished occasion which was scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from October three to 11.

However, after Indonesia and South Korea on Friday joined Thailand, Australia, Chinese Taipei and Algeria in pulling out as a result of dreaded illness, the game’s governing body held a digital emergency council assembly on Sunday.

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“The Badminton World Federation (BWF), in full consultation and agreement with local host Badminton Denmark, has made the tough decision to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark,” BWF mentioned in a press release.

“The decision comes following the withdrawal of a number of participating teams from the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and the European leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour. “BWF is looking into possible alternative dates to reschedule the World Men’s and Women’s Team Championships, but on dates not before into 2021.”

BWF had tried to rope in Singapore and Hong Kong as substitute however they declined the invitation. There had been additionally experiences that Japan was considering withdrawing from the occasion, whereas China too was awaiting govt’s approval. September 18 was the last date for affirmation.

Among prime players, India’s Saina Nehwal had on Sunday raised issues concerning the timing of the occasion, asking whether or not it could be secure to go forward with it in the course of the pandemic. Saina, alongwith Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu, had been supposed to guide the 10-member girls’s workforce in Uber Cup, whereas former world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth would have spearheaded the Indian males’s campaign in Thomas Cup.

The BWF has, nonetheless, determined that the “Denmark Open in Odense, a HSBC BWF World Tour Event, will proceed as originally planned in the BWF Tournament Calendar (13-18 October).”

“The second tournament scheduled for Odense – the VICTOR Denmark Masters 2020 – slated for 20-25 October has been cancelled as it is no longer feasible to conduct this additional event.”

[Attribution HT.]

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