Coronavirus outbreak: BWF postpones Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020
'The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm that the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 to be staged in Aarhus, Denmark, from 16-24 May have been postponed until 15-23 August 2020,' BWF said
Bengaluru: Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has postponed Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020.
The tournament was scheduled to be held from May 16 to 24 in Aarhus, Denmark. Now, it is put off until August 15-23, 20202, BWF said in a statement.
“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm that the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 to be staged in Aarhus, Denmark, from 16-24 May have been postponed until 15-23 August 2020,” BWF said on Friday (March 20).
“BWF, in close consultation and consensus with tournament hosts Badminton Denmark, came to the conclusion that due to extraordinary circumstances related to the severe escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak globally, the tournament could not take place on its originally scheduled dates,” it added.
BWF secretary general Thomas Lund said, “All relevant health, safety and logistical risks have been considered by BWF, Badminton Denmark, tournament organisers, Sport Event Denmark, and the local Aarhus government in reaching this decision.
“The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community is the top priority.
“Heightened travel and quarantine restrictions and the subsequent extreme logistical complications this has caused has also contributed to the postponement.
“While we look forward to staging this tournament at a later date, our thoughts are first and foremost with everyone affected by this pandemic around the world.”
The decision was made with the approval of the BWF Council, Badminton Denmark, Aarhus Municipality and BWF’s commercial partner.
Badminton Denmark CEO Bo Jensen said, “It has been a difficult but necessary decision to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020. We look forward to working with the BWF and our partners to stage this event at a more appropriate time.
“However, our immediate concern is with the safety of all involved in this very uncertain time.”