Badminton restart is 'hard to predict,' says BWF boss
HONG KONG: Badminton will return to action as soon as possible after coronavirus crisis, the sports chief told AFP, adding that restrictions on international travel were complicating the situation.
Badminton , like tennis, golf and other sports with an international circuit, faces major hurdles after countries introduced an array of travel bans and quarantine periods to combat COVID-19.
Thomas Lund, Secretary General of the Badminton World Federation He said an announcement about a redesigned 2020 calendar was expected soon. But he warned that the situation was still fluid.
We are preparing to be ready to start the competition as soon as possible. This includes the formulation of a renewal BWF tournament schedule for 2020. An announcement will be made shortly, Lund said in a statement to AFP.
But right now, it's difficult to predict when individual countries and territories will lift international entry and movement restrictions to ensure players, their entourage, officials and staff can safely participate in tournaments.
Badminton has already moved the Thomas and Uber Cups, a highlight of the season, to later in the year, hoping that the virus emergency will have passed.
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The de facto men's and women's team world championships, originally scheduled for May, and then moved to August, will now be held in Aarhus, Denmark, in October.
The pinnacle of the badminton season was expected to be the Tokyo Olympics , now shifted to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
All BWF tournaments have been suspended since mid-March, when most professional sports worldwide were frozen as travel restrictions bit and a swathe of countries went into lockdown.