Taipei: The Chinese Taipei Badminton Team has decided to withdraw from the twice-rescheduled Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals slated to be held in Aarhus, Denmark, from October 3 to October 11, 2020.
However, since Europe is experiencing a recent surge in coronavirus cases, especially in Spain, France, and Germany, the Chinese Taipei badminton team has made the move to pull out of the prestigious men’s and women’s team tournament. Furthermore, even though Denmark does not require mandatory quarantine for participants of Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, Taiwanese players would need to undergo a 14-day quarantine period after returning to Taiwan from Denmark. This could cause inconvenience to some Taiwanese badminton players.
Interestingly, the coaching director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Wong Choong Hann, also opted to keep the option open while paying close attention to the coronavirus situation in Europe.
“Generally, BAM will be participating in the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, and the two Denmark Opens following the Finals. But we do not rule out of pulling out from these tournaments at the last minute depending on the COVI-19 situation over there,” said Wong.
Meanwhile, China was also not sure if it will participate in this year’s Thomas and Uber Cup Finals as China’s General Administration of Sports has issued an order to cancel nearly all remaining public sporting events in the country for the remainder of 2020, citing coronavirus concerns.
Despite the withdrawal, Chinese Taipei’s World No. 2 men’s singles player Chou Tien Chen and World No. 12 men’s singles player Wang Tzu Wei insisted that they will still play in the two Denmark 750 Super World Tour events after the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals.
“This is a difficult decision, but this virus is going to coexist with humans for many years to come. We are trying to return to normal life, that’s why we will be playing in the two Danish Super 750 World Tour tournaments,” said Chou.