Badminton: Could Thomas-Uber Cup face same fate as Olympics?

PETALING JAYA: Will the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals suffer the same fate as the Olympic Games – and be postponed to next year?

Hopefully not, but there is a possibility of that happening.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) had, after the conclusion of the All-England in March, suspended all tournaments until April 12 due to the Covid-19 pandemic but on Monday, they extended the restriction period until end July.

The world body have cancelled all tournaments between May and July, which include the Indonesian Open from June 16-21.

The Indonesian Open is one of BWF’s most glamorous events as it offers one of the highest prize money rewards – totalling US$1.35mil (RM5.86mil).

The Thomas-Uber Cup Finals were initially scheduled for May but the world body had earlier agreed with hosts Denmark to set a new date – Aug 16-23 in Aarhus.

And yesterday, it was also confirmed that the Denmark Government has extended a ban on “larger gatherings until end of August – further casting doubt on the status of the Finals.

BWF and Badminton Denmark are currently seeking clarification from Danish authorities on the definition of “larger gatherings” and how it would affect the Finals.

“There are a number of scenarios to consider but the health, safety and well-being of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community remain the top priority,” said BWF in a statement.

“BWF and all parties in Denmark will continue to work towards a solution and will make a further announcement once more information comes to hand.”

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