Kuala Lumpur: Due to the coronavirus risk as Denmark has reported total of 1,255 coronavirus cases and 9 deaths on March, 20, 2020, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has decided to postpone the 2020 Thomas & Uber Cup Finals until August 15 to August 23. The prestigious team event was originally scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from May 16 to May 24.
Following was the official announcement from BWF:
“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm that the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 to be staged in Aarhus, Denmark, from 16-24 May have been postponed until 15-23 August 2020.
BWF, in close consultation and consensus with tournament hosts Badminton Denmark, came to the conclusion that due to extraordinary circumstances related to the severe escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak globally, the tournament could not take place on its originally scheduled dates.
BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “All relevant health, safety and logistical risks have been considered by BWF, Badminton Denmark, tournament organisers, Sport Event Denmark, and the local Aarhus government in reaching this decision.
“The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community is the top priority.
“Heightened travel and quarantine restrictions and the subsequent extreme logistical complications this has caused has also contributed to the postponement.
“While we look forward to staging this tournament at a later date, our thoughts are first and foremost with everyone affected by this pandemic around the world.”
The decision was made with the approval of the BWF Council, Badminton Denmark, Aarhus Municipality and BWF’s commercial partner.
Badminton Denmark CEO Bo Jensen added: “It has been a difficult but necessary decision to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020. We look forward to working with the BWF and our partners to stage this event at a more appropriate time.
“However, our immediate concern is with the safety of all involved in this very uncertain time.”
The tournament will still be staged at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus.
BWF has also been forced to move the BWF Members’ Forum and AGM 2020. Both are key events on the BWF calendar and will now take place 20 and 21 August in Aarhus.”