BWF seeks clarification on Aarhus event as Denmark extends lockdown
The Badminton World Federation, and Badminton Denmark, are seeking clarification from the Danish government regarding the future of the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, the biennial national teams tournament.
The competition was originally slated for 16 to 24 May in the city of Aarhus, but last month it was postponed to 15 to 23 August due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Now, the badminton's world governing body and its Danish counterpart are requesting clarification from Denmark’s government, which earlier this week announced that the existing ban on ‘larger gatherings’ in the country, to reduce the spread of the virus, will be extended until the end of August.
This extension, however, came at the same time as the government also said that it would be relaxing the tightest restrictions regarding normal life in the country, potentially as early as next week.
The BWF has now said it is analysing how these latest developments, which on the surface might appear to contradict each other slightly, will affect their ability to stage the Thomas and Uber Cup.
The governing body confirmed that, alongside event organiser Sport Event Denmark, and the Aarhus city government, they will “continue to work towards a solution and will make a further announcement once more information comes to hand.”
The BWF has also admitted that the 2020 annual general meeting, and the BWF Members’ Forum, both of which were due to take place in Aarhus at the same time as the tournament, could also be affected by these developments.