Coronavirus: Badminton World Federation suspends all its tournaments till July

BWF suspended a host of its flagship international, junior and para tournaments scheduled from May to July in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The most prominent tournament affected is the Indonesia Open 2020 (Super 1000).   -  Getty Images

The escalation in COVID-19 pandemic globally, Badminton World Federation (BWF) has suspended the cash-rich Indonesia Open and three others, besides a para event and a number of Grade 3 competitions to be held between May and July this year.

The announcement made on Monday lists $170,000 Australian Open (June 2-7), $400,000 Thailand Open (June 9-14), $1,350,000 Indonesia Open (June 16-21) and Russian Open (July 7-12) among suspended events in Grade 2.

The suspended Grade 3 events include, Denmark Challenge, Slovenia International, Latvia International, Vietnam International Challenge, Lithuanian International, Canada Para International, Russian International Junior White Nights, White Nights and All England junior championships.

BWF says rankings as on March 17 to decide seedings in future events  

Earlier, the pandemic had forced the cancellation of $170,000 German Open (March 3-8) and suspension of $175,000 Swiss Open (March 17-22), $400,000 India Open (March 24-29), $750,000 Malaysia Open (March 31-April 5), $408,000 Singapore Open (April 7-12) and $170,000 New Zealand Open (April 28-May 3).

Last week, BWF froze world and junior world rankings as of March 17. Further clarity on the unfreezing of rankings will be provided on the resumption of competitions. The BWF is reviewing the impacts of postponement of Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games to 2021.

Cancelled Tournaments:

Grade 2 International Tournaments

Australian Open 2020 (2 - 7 June)

Thailand Open 2020 (9 - 14 June)

Indonesia Open 2020 (16 - 21 June)

Russian Open 2020 (7 - 12 July)

Grade 3, Junior and Para Badminton

Denmark Challenge 2020 (7 - 10 May)

Slovenia International 2020 (13 - 16 May)

Latvia International 2020 (28 - 31 May)

Vietnam International Challenge 2020 (2 - 7 June)

Lithuanian International 2020 (4 - 7 June)

Canada Para Badminton International 2020 (9 - 14 June)

Russian International Junior White Nights 2020 (25 - 28 June)

White Nights 2020 (1-5 July)

All England Junior Badminton Championships 2020 (16 - 19 July).

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