Badminton World Federation announces revamped 2020 calendar; India Open to be held in December
The World Tour Super 500 tournament, originally scheduled to be held in New Delhi from 24-29 March, will now take place from 8-13 December, the BWF said in a release
New Delhi: The Olympic-qualifying India Open badminton tournament, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now be held here from 8-13 December after the BWF unveiled a revised calendar to salvage the disruption-hit season.
The World Tour Super 500 tournament, originally scheduled to be held in New Delhi from 24-29 March, will now take place from 8-13 December, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a release.
The all-important event will be preceded by the Hyderabad Open (11-16 August) and the Syed Modi International (17-22 November).
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As many as eight tournaments were rescheduled from their original dates, including important events such as New Zealand Open Super 300, Indonesia Open Super 1000, Malaysia Open Super 750, Thailand Open Super 500 and World Tour Finals in China.
"It has been a difficult task to plan for badminton's return. It is a condensed calendar but we are confident this provides the framework to allow us to start again when it is safe and logistically possible," BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said.
"At this point in time, it is difficult to predict when international movement and entry restrictions will be lifted by individual countries and territories, but we will not resume competition unless it is absolutely clear that is safe to do so."
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Water polo test event cancelled over coronavirus restrictions, confirm organisers
Test events function as dress rehearsals for each sport, and the two-day water polo test was supposed to open on Saturday but will now be held in May or June, Tokyo 2020 organisers said.
"The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and complications left local organisers no choice but to cancel the tournaments," a BWF statement read.
Tokyo 2020 and FINA said the decision to reschedule the Diving World Cup came after "a very fruitful consultation process" also involving the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee.