Ho Chi Minh City: The Vietnam International Challenge that was originally scheduled to take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 3/24/2020 to 3/29/2020, has been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus epidemic.
The tournament which was providing ranking points for Olympic qualification, has been re-scheduled to the first week of June and no longer serve as a qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics.
Globally, the death toll from the coronavirus is now more than 2,764, with the vast majority in mainland China. There has been more than 80,997 people who have been diagnosed with the illness around the world.
“The decision was made on the advice of the Vietnam Sports Administration linked to strict health protection restrictions in place in Vietnam,” BWF said in a statement.
“Considering the new 2-7 June date, ranking points from this event will now no longer contribute to Olympic qualifying as it will be outside the qualification window.”
The outbreak also led to the postponement of the Lingshui China Masters badminton tournament that was scheduled to take place earlier this month, with that event also dropped from the Olympics qualifying process.
“The BWF is continuing to monitor all official updates on Covid-19 and is mindful that HSBC BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments may be affected, but there are no concrete plans or decisions at this point to change the status of any other events,” the world badminton governing body added.
Meanwhile, Manila, Philippines may be replacing Wuhan as the hosting city for the Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) that was scheduled to take place in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus, on Apr 21-26.