All is well that ends well. The Denmark Open concluded successfuly on 18th October 2020. It was over 5 hours of spectacular top-class badminton after over 200 days. The Danisa Denmark Open 2020 marked the successful restart of the international badminton calendar.
After much uncertainity and amidst cancellation and postponement of many events, The Denmark Open 2020 was held. The BWF had laid ofot SOPs and guidelines for conduct of the event.
Winners at Denmark Open 2020
MS: Anders Antonsen
WS: Nozomi Okuhara
MD: Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge
WD: Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota
XD: Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich
Denmark Open 2020 Super 750, a successful restart of badminton
A colour-coded bubble system was put in place in the arena. Hosts Badminton Denmark pulled of this World tour event, first of a kind under such a trying situation successfully. Several testing and quarantine measures, contact tracing and isolation protocols were followed rigorously.
Despite several withdrawals including the likes of Kento Momota, PV Sindhu and so on, the presence of stars like Chou Tien Chen, Carolina Marin brought star attraction to the event.
Men’s singles winner Chou Tien Chen said, “I thought it was important to play here. Next year is the Olympics, and I want to play at a high level. I want to thank everybody involved for setting up this tournament so that we could play.”
Nozomi Okuhara was all praises too. “I appreciate that I could attend this Denmark Open and that people have worked towards making this happen. The last seven months I was confused in my daily life, how to practice and so on. But I wanted to go to a tournament as soon as possible. I feel special, and I thank every fan and supporter,” she said.
“Denmark Open has done a good job to keep as much normality as possible. As long as we’re all back playing, I don’t think we can complain too much.” said Scottish player Kirsty Gilmour.
The Badminton world now has this event to look upto to conduct future events under the “New Normal”. Up next is the Asian tour scheduled for January 2021.