Badminton's Thomas and Uber Cup Finals postponed to 2021
The Badminton World Federation has postponed the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, the prestigious men's and women's competition, for a third time due to the withdrawal of a number of teams amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Scheduled to be staged in Aarhus, Denmark from 3 to 11 October, the BWF said the decision to push back the event again was made in consultation with hosts Badminton Denmark.
Teams including Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Australia had already withdrawn due to concerns over Covid-19.
Alternative dates for the finals are now being discussed but they will not be before 2021.
In a statement, the BWF said: “BWF, in collaboration with Badminton Denmark, has for many months been preparing for the safe return to international badminton. This includes going to extreme lengths to preserve the health and safety of all participants such as implementing a bubble system to create a safe badminton ecosystem.
“However, in view of the recent Covid-19 related developments around the world, a number of teams and individual players have elected to not travel to Denmark for tournaments in Aarhus and Odense, a choice the BWF has to respect and acknowledge.”
The competition was originally scheduled for 16 to 24 May, before being moved to 15 to 23 August, and then rescheduled to October after the Danish government banned large gatherings until the end of August.
The governing body said the 2020 Denmark Open 2020, BWF World Tour Event, will go ahead as scheduled in Odense from 13 to 18 October. However, a second tournament scheduled in Odense, the Denmark Masters, has been cancelled due to the number of withdrawals.
The BWF said it is also looking into the feasibility of its planned Asia leg of the World Tour, which would comprise three events in badminton's major market.