The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced an extension for the Olympic Qualifying window. The qualification period has been extend by nearly two months to June 15 on Friday. This decision came after the postponement of three major events. The rescheduling of Malaysia Open, Malaysia Masters and Singapore Open led the global body to rethink their schedule.
“The Olympic Qualifying period for the Race to Tokyo will now close on 15 June 2021. With the last tournament counting for qualification being the Singapore Open 2021,” the BWF said in a statement.
“BWF is working with the IOC to update the Tokyo 2020 qualification system whereby the final update regulation will be share once ready following formal approval by IOC,” it added.
Dates for Malaysia Masters and Singapore Open revealed
The world body adds that preparations for the Olympic qualifying tournaments will continue as international badminton gears up to resume. The Swiss Open 2021 (March 2-7) and All England Open 2021 (March 17-21) will mark the resumption of the qualifying process. BWF also revealed the dats for the two postponed events in Malaysia and Singapore.
“Preparations for upcoming HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments continue as international badminton is set to resume with the YONEX Swiss Open 2021 (2-7 March) and YONEX All England Open 2021 (17-21 March),” it said.
“The CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2021 (Super 750) will now occur 25-30 May. The PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2021 (Super 500) has been postponed until further notice,” the world body further said. “The Singapore Open 2021 (Super 500) has been move to the new dates of 1-6 June.“
The Tokyo Olympics will kick off from July 23 to August 8 this year after being postpone. Its original dates were July 24 to August 9, 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic saw it moved to the following year.