Thailand have withdrawn from badminton’s Thomas and Uber Cups after former world champion Ratchanok Intanon and other players pulled out over coronavirus fears, an official and her coach said.
Taiwan — the team of women’s world number one Tai Tzu-ying — and Australia are also skipping the tournaments, which will be played in a bio-secure ‘bubble’ in Denmark in October, the Badminton World Federation said.
The twice-postponed Thomas and Uber Cups, the men’s and women’s world team championships, will be the first international tournaments since the pandemic brought badminton to a halt in March.
Thailand had blamed its withdrawal on “special circumstances related to Covid-19 in addition to injuries to key players”, the BWF said in a statement.
Badminton Association of Thailand president Patama Leeswadtrakul said separately that the decision was triggered by the withdrawal of several players.
“Despite Denmark’s strict measures and procedures applied to players… it’s understandable for