BWF cancels India Open, Syed Modi tournament in new adjusted calendar

Elwanda Tulloch

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 27 (UNI) The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday cancelled the India Open Super 500 and the Syed Modi International Super 300 tournaments, as they announced the adjusted calendar for 2020, in order to save the season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘After discussions with @bwfmedia & […]

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 27 (UNI) The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday cancelled the India Open Super 500 and the Syed Modi International Super 300 tournaments, as they announced the adjusted calendar for 2020, in order to save the season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘After discussions with @bwfmedia & after weighing the concerns of COVID pandemic it’s been decided that both #SyedModiInternational & #IndiaOpen stand cancelled for this year. The safety of players & other stakeholders connected to the game is paramount.We hope to return in 2021,’ the Badminton Association of India (BAI) tweeted.

The India Open, which was originally scheduled in March, was to be held from December 8 to 13 in New Delhi and Syed Modi was slated for November 17 to 22 in Lucknow in the previously revised calendar.

‘The Badminton World Federation (BWF) will implement an adjusted tournament calendar for the HSBC BWF World Tour in 2020,’ the world badminton governing body said in a statement.

All England Championship was the last tournament, which was played in March and since then

the badminton season has been on hold.

According to the adjusted calendar, the Thomas and Uber Cup finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark will remain part of the international tournament calendar and will proceed on the planned dates of October 3-11 2020.

Following the completion of the Thomas and Uber Cup finals, the BWF World Tour will resume with a two-week European leg in Odense, Denmark.

Both of these tournaments – DANISA Denmark Open I and Denmark Open II – will be Super 750 events.

There will then be a two-week transition time to move the tour and all participants to Asia safely, factoring in the necessary quarantine period, for two Super 1000 Asia Open tournaments, and culminating with the BWF World Tour Finals by the end of November.

The locations of the three Asian leg tournaments are yet to be announced, said the BWF, adding that it is working with different member associations to explore the feasibility of staging the Asian leg tournaments.

All remaining BWF World Tour tournaments on the calendar will no longer take place on the dates and locations originally listed, BWF said.

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