Beijing: The President of the Badminton Association of Thailand, Khun Ying Patama Leeswadtrakul revealed that the Chinese badminton team had withdrawn from the two Thailand Opens and the season-ending World Tour Finals which are set to be held in Bangkok in mid-January of 2021 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Khun Ying said the Chinese badminton team had shown their determination to participate in the competition, and they had also bought the flight tickets to Bangkok. But due to a recent spike of coronavirus cases in Thailand, and by taking into account the health concerns of the Chinese players and staff of the Chinese badminton team, they had to pull out of the YONEX Thailand Open ( January 12-17), Toyota Thailand Open (January 19-24), and the BWF World Tour Finals (January 27-31).
The Chinese badminton team also released a statement explaining the reason for their withdrawal:
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic situation at home and abroad, and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in host country Thailand, after carefully studying the situation, the Chinese Badminton Association has decided to withdraw from the three tournaments including the BWF Finals that will be held in Thailand in January 2021.
The last time the Chinese badminton team played in an international tournament was in the All England Open in March 2020. Our players have all expressed a strong determination to participate in the three tournaments to be held in Thailand in January next year. However, the recent outbreak in Thailand where the total number of confirmed cases has reached 6,440 together with the new variant of coronavirus in Europe has made us enforced stricter public health measures to control the spread of the coronavirus.
For the health and safety of our shuttlers and coaches, and after careful consideration, the Chinese Badminton Association has decided to withdraw from the three tournaments held in Thailand in January 2021. The players will continue to train in the country to stay in shape.
Thank you for your continued attention to the Chinese badminton team. We’ll repay the country and fans who care about and love the team with practical actions and excellent results.
Chinese Badminton Team