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Thomas and Uber Cup finals postponed to October

The biennial international tournament, originally scheduled to take place from May 16-24, had been postponed to Aug 15-23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

By: Reuters | Updated: April 29, 2020 3:49:04 pm
PV Sindhu of India celebrates after won the women single quarter final match against Bellaetrix Manuputty of Indonesia during the Thomas and Uber cup final 2014, at Siri fort sports complex, in New Delhi on 22nd 2014. Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia

The Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark, will be held from Oct 3-11 after the Danish government extended its ban on large gatherings in the country until the end of August, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Wednesday (April 29).

The biennial international tournament, originally scheduled to take place from May 16-24, had been postponed to Aug 15-23 due to the coronavirus pandemic which has infected more than 3.11 million people globally causing over 216,000 deaths.

Denmark, which has over 8,800 cases, said earlier this month that “larger gatherings” would be banned, prompting the BWF and Badminton Denmark to conclude that a move to October was the best solution.

“Our main priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of athletes, staff, volunteers, judges and the entire badminton community,” BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund said.

“We listened to the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO), various health experts, local authorities and the Danish government and it became clear that hosting a big event like the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals before September would be difficult.

“We are confident that we can stage a safe and successful championships on the new dates of Oct 3-11 while all the time monitoring the situation should things change.”

The BWF said that it was also looking at options to host its annual general meeting and members’ forum which were due to take place in Aarhus in August.

The badminton season was suspended following the All England Open last month and several events have either been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic which has brought global sport to a standstill.

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