Badminton | BWF cancels China Masters, Dutch Open amid pandemic scare

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The coronavirus pandemic has not only caused economic and physical damage but has also grappled mental health all over the world. Almost all sports federations around the world, have either postponed tournaments or totally canceled them only in order to contain the community spread of this virus.

The Badminton World Federation has again taken a big step forward as it canceled two more of its international tournaments – China Masters and Dutch Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governing body in a press release said, “two BWF tour Super 100 tournaments have been canceled from the revamped BWF tournament calendar for the year – the Lingshui China Masters 2020 and YONEX Dutch Open 2020.”

The Lingshui China Masters was earlier scheduled to be held from 25 of February to March 1, but following the situation of such global crisis, it was postponed.

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The BWF said, “it was initially postponed until May and then moved again to 25-30 August 2020. The Dutch Open was due to take place from October 6 to 11 in Almere, Netherlands.”

“Badminton Netherlands announced the cancellation of their flagship tournament citing continued risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” the international body added.

In May, te BWF finally unveiled a revised international calendar looking at the global health crisis which is showing no signs of abating.

Just like tennis associations, BWF had also frozen the world rankings on the standings of March 17.

However, the apex body had now announced that ‘ranking points earned at tournaments during the original qualification phase will be maintained’.

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