Copenhagen: Danish badminton legend, Morten Frost Hansen said that Denmark should continue to hold the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, from October 3 to October 11, in Aarhus as planned.
Frost said that Denmark has done a good job responding to the coronavirus outbreak.
“The Danish federation has gone to great lengths, taken a whole lot of effort…stupendous really, to make sure that the tournament can take place with all health measures in place,” Frost told ESPN on Monday.
“It’s unfortunate that despite constant dialogue with the participating nations there have been pullouts lately. Badminton has to find a way to kick-start or the sport could stand to lose,” added Frost.
Following the withdrawal of top-seeded Indonesia, and other badminton powerhouses including South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia, and Russia; and with the Sept. 18 deadline approaching, as China and Japan have yet to submit their respective lists of players, the likelihood of organizing the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals was pretty slim.
Furthermore, Singapore and Hong Kong have turned down offers from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to replace those teams which have pulled out of the competition.
According to Malaysian media The Star, BWF has decided to postpone the competition to the end of 2021 and will make an official announcement soon.