Copenhagen: Even though the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has released drawing results for the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals last Monday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the fate for 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals is still on the line.
It’s possible that the prestigious team event scheduled for October 3 – 11 in Aarhus, Denmark will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and financial problems faced by Badminton Denmark.
Speaking to Denmark’s tv2, Director of Badminton Denmark, Bo Jensen said that the Badminton Denmark would try its best to hold the biennial event.
“We are trying our best to keep the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup and 2020 Denmark Open as planned in early October,” said Bo Jensen.
“However, we also need to prepare for the worst-case scenario related to the health and safety factors and trying to minimize the risk from COVID-19. The 2020 Thomas Uber Cup or the Denmark Open may need to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic,” continued Jensen.
According to Jensen, Badminton Denmark is currently in discussion with BWF about the two tournaments.
Jensen admitted that Badminton Denmark is experiencing financial problems due to the Covid-19 pandemic and could face the risk of bankruptcy if the organization does not get financial support from the Denmark government.
“We can use existing financial aids to a certain extent, but with big events such as Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, we don’t have enough funds to cover the costs of running those tournaments,” explained Jensen.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals are likely to be played in an empty stadium. That obviously would not attract too many sponsors.
“We may run the tournaments with very limited or no spectators at all, that will take a toll on our ticket sales,” added Jensen.