Korea Open, Macau Open cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Korea Open and the Macau Open have been cancelled due rising cases of COVID-19 in those regions.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Besides cancelling the Korea Open and the Macau Open, the BWF also postponed the World Junior badminton championship. - GETTY IMAGES

The Korea Open and Macau Open were on Wednesday (August 11) cancelled by the BWF, the game's governing body, due to rising cases of COVID-19 in those regions.

The BWF also postponed the World Junior badminton championships, which was scheduled to be held in China.

The Korea Open (August 31 to September 5), a Super 500 tourney, was scheduled to resume the BWF World Tour which was suspended after the All England Championships in March.

The Macau Open Super 300 was scheduled to be held from November 2 to 7.

'No choice'

"The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and complications left local organisers no choice but to cancel the tournaments," BWF said in a communique.

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"BWF is still committed to delivering the remainder of the 2021 calendar as planned we look to provide players with a safe and structured platform to earn important world ranking points and prize money in these coming months."

 

The BWF also decided to upgrade the SaarLorLux Open (November 2-7) in Saarbrücken, Germany, to World Tour Super 500 status and rechristen it to Hylo Open 2021. "It will round out the European Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour following stops in Denmark and France," BWF said.

A final decision on Malaysia Masters (a Super 500 event) and Malaysia Open (Super 750), which were postponed earlier, will be taken at a later date, the BWF said.

Earlier, China Open (September 21-26), Japan Open (September 28-October 3), Fuzhou China Open (November 9-14), and Hong Kong Open (November 16-21), among others, were cancelled due to the pandemic.

In the junior circuit, the governing body postponed the BWF World Junior Championships which was supposed to be hosted by China from October 4 to 17. "Unfortunately, it is not feasible to conduct any tournaments in China this year. No replacement dates or locations have been set," it said.

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