No qualification rounds, mandatory test per player at events: Protocols for badminton’s restart

Elwanda Tulloch

There will be at least one mandatory Covid-19 test per player per event, the Badminton World Federation said on Friday as it published safety operating procedures for the resumption of the sport amid the pandemic.

A day after announcing the readjusted international calendar, the governing body published its safety protocols and operating procedures documents.

BWF Tournament Calendar 2020: Grade 1 & Grade 2

Tournament Week City Level
 BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 40-41 Aarhus, Denmark Major Championships
Denmark Open I 2020 42 Odense, Denmark Super 750
Denmark Open II 2020 43 Odense, Denmark Super 750
Asia Open I 2020 46 TBC Super 1000
Asia Open II 2020 47 TBC Super 1000
BWF World Tour Finals 2020 48 TBC Major Championships

The global governing body said that teams and participants entering tournaments during the European and Asian legs are advised not return to their home countries as many would

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World Tour to resume with events in October, say BWF

Elwanda Tulloch

Chan Peng Soon (right) dan Goh Liu Ying during the recent Perodua Malaysia Masters 2020. (Bernama pic)

LONDON: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday announced a revised tournament calendar with the World Tour set to return with back-to-back Super 750 events in Odense, Denmark beginning on Oct 13.

The two-week European leg will be followed by two Super 1000 tournaments in Asia and the prestigious World Tour Finals. The locations of the three Asian tournaments are yet to be announced.

The BWF also confirmed that the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark will take place as scheduled from Oct 3-11.

“Due to the Covif-19 pandemic, it was not possible to implement the revised international tournament calendar for the HSBC BWF World Tour as originally envisaged,” BWF Secretary-General Thomas Lund said.

“Managing travel logistics between different territories where different entry and safety restrictions apply has been the biggest

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Four Asian Badminton events postponed

Elwanda Tulloch

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced the cancellation of four Asian events last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation of the tournaments also directly will affect the leading Sri Lankan shuttlers in their bid to improve their world rankings. Niluka Karunaratne, Dinuka Karunaratne (younger brother of Niluka), promising doubles pair Buwaneka Gunatilleka and Sachin Dias from the men’s events while Thilini Hendahewa and Kavidi Sirimannage the top women doubles pair were also looking to take part in more International tournaments to improve their world rankings. Niluka is world-ranked 114(last February). He emerged runner-up in the Uganda International tournament but lost to Hungarian shuttler in the final, which was Niluka’s last International event in 2020.

Niluka the most experienced Sri Lankan shuttler has already taken part in 2012 London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Olympics is expecting to take part in his third in a row

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