Thomas and Uber Cup Finals likely to resume in October with limited or without fans

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There is still a lot of uncertainty even if Denmark provides a green light for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals.
There is still a lot of uncertainty even if Denmark provides a green light for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals.

Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has informed all countries which have qualified for the prestigious biennial Thomas and Uber Cup Finals that their players did not need to serve the mandatory 14-day quarantine order upon arrival in Denmark.

Currently, Denmark’s borders are open to countries that are part of the EU Member States, Schengen countries, and the United Kingdom. It also allowed entry for residents from a select number of third countries (Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay), based on the same set of health measures and analysis.

Secretary-general of The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Kenny Goh told Malaysian media that BWF has sent out a memo about the latest arrangement for Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, that will be held in Aarhus, Denmark, from October 3, 2020, to October 11, 2020.

“We have received confirmation from BWF that all teams must perform COVID-19 test prior to the departure for Aarhus, but do not need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Denmark if the test results came back negative,” said Goh.

“It’s encouraging that BWF showed its determination to resume the season with the Finals,” added Goh.

However, according to the latest police measures against Covid-19 in Denmark, it stated that events, shows, and competitions could be organized if no more than 100 people gather simultaneously at the same location. The group of 100 people comprised everybody taking part in the event, such as athletes, referees, audience, helpers, coaches, etc. However, if participants are mainly seated, up to 500 people could attend the events.

All Thomas and Uber Cup matches will be played at Ceres Arena, which has a capacity of 5,001 spectators (4,394 seats). With only a maximum of 500 people allowed to gather in a single event, almost 88% to 90% of the stadium would be empty during the tournament.

Meanwhile, BAM is expected to finalize its rosters on both Thomas Cup and Uber Cup by mid-September.

“The deadline for submitting a list of players is due in mid-September, we still have time,” explained Goh.

“Most of our players will attend a motivational camp in Tioman Island in early September, before going to Denmark for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals,” continued Goh.

Malaysia’s men’s team used to be a badminton powerhouse by winning the Thomas Cup five times – 1949, 1952, 1955, 1967, and 1992 while it has never won the Uber Cup.

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