Badminton will be back in action “as soon as possible” after the coronavirus crisis, the sport’s head told AFP, saying that international travel restrictions were only the one, complicating the picture.
With an international circuit in badminton, such as tennis, golf and other sports, countries face major hurdles, as countries have introduced travel bans and quarantine periods to counter COVID-19.
The Secretary-General of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), Thomas Lund said that the 2020 calendar was announced to resume soon. But he cautioned that the situation remained fluid.
“We are gearing up to be ready to start competition as soon as possible. This includes formulating a revamped BWF tournament calendar for 2020. An announcement on this will be made shortly,” Lund said in a statement to AFP.
“But at this point in time, it is difficult to predict when international movement and entry restrictions will be lifted by individual countries and territories in order to guarantee that players, their entourage, officials and staff can participate in tournaments safely.” the statement added.
Badminton has already moved one of the season’s attractions, the Thomas and Uber Cup, later in the year, hoping the virus emergency will pass.
In fact, the men’s and women’s World Team Championships – which were scheduled for May, and then transferred in August – are now scheduled to take place in Aarhus, Denmark in October.