2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, 2021 World Championships rescheduled

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Coronavirus pandemic has caused the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and 2021 World Championships to be rescheduled.
Coronavirus pandemic has caused the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and 2021 World Championships to be rescheduled.

Kuala Lumpur: The 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals has been postponed again for the second time this year because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced Wednesday that the prestigious team event will be postponed from August 15-23 to October 3-11 in Aarhus, Denmark.

The biennial event was originally scheduled to be held from May 16-24 in Aarhus, Denmark, but has since being postponed twice due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Following the Danish Government’s decision on 6 April to extend a ban on ‘larger gatherings’ in Denmark until the end of August, both parties agreed that it was no longer feasible to stage the championships on the rescheduled dates of 15-23 August,” said BWF in a statement.

“BWF in consultation and consensus with Badminton Denmark, tournament organizers, Sport Event Denmark and the local Aarhus government concluded that a move to October was the best solution.”

On Friday, BWF also announced that the 2021 BWF World Championships which was scheduled for August 2021 in Huelva, Spain, had to move to Nov 29 – Dec 5, 2021, because the original date was conflicting with the Tokyo Olympics.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said that moving the 2021 World Championships to late November next year was in the best interests of the sport.

“BWF and Spanish Badminton Federation are confident that the rescheduled championships will be a success. The move allows both the Olympic badminton competition and the World Championships to be conducted with equal fairness for everyone,” said Hoyer.

The 2021 World Championships will take place in Carolina Marin stadium. The stadium was named after three-time women’s singles world champion, Carolina Marin, in her native city of Huelva.

BWF also said that they will announce the qualifying process for next year’s Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships shortly.

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