Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has adjusted the Asian leg of the World Tour 2020 schedule to January of 2021.
The three Asian tournaments, which were scheduled to be held in November of 2020, in Bangkok, Thailand, will now be played between January 12-31, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.
BWF decided to postpone the two Super 1000 tournaments alongside with the BWF World Tour Finals after the BWF Council meeting on Thursday evening.
“It was agreed by the BWF Council that staging the Asian leg in November as originally planned was no longer a viable option in being able to guarantee the highest standard of the tournament including securing all logistical arrangements for players and participants,” said BWF in a statement.
“The three Asian leg tournaments now sit alongside the DANISA Denmark Open (October 13-18) in forming the conclusion to the new-look HSBC World Tour 2020 calendar,” added BWF.
BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen and its secretary-general Thomas Lund said in a joint letter Friday that pushing back the tournament would affect the world rankings and next season’s BWF Tournament calendar but it was the best option.
“From the start, we emphasized we would only see a return to international badminton if it was safe and logistically possible to do so. Therefore, for the past six months, we have been 100 percent dedicated to preparing for the safe return to international badminton,” they said.