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    Today, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) participated in a signing ceremony with the
    Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) to signify the staging of the two HSBC BWF World Tour
    Super 1000 tournaments and HSBC BWF World Tour Finals planned for Bangkok, Thailand in
    January 2021.

    The event was hosted by BWF Deputy President and President of Badminton Association of
    Thailand, KhunyingPatama Leeswadtrakul, and attended in a virtual capacity by BWF President
    Poul-Erik Høyer and BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund.

    The ceremony was also attended by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health,
    Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, and the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr. Phipat Ratchakitprakarn.
    The three tournaments are named as follows:
    YONEX Thailand Open (Super 1000) 12-17 January 2021
    TOYOTA Thailand Open (Super 1000) 19-24 January 2021
    HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 27-31 January 2021

    The Asian leg follows the successful staging of the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 earlier this
    month and is a further move to ensure badminton remains relevant and to protect the
    livelihoods of international badminton players.

    BWF President Høyer said: “The Asian leg presents an important opportunity for us to kickstart
    badminton’s successful return and to see our players back in action.

    “Thailand has a strong history of organising major badminton tournaments and we trust our
    hosts to deliver a spectacular month of badminton in January 2021. Together we have the
    chance to make badminton shine once again on the international sports calendar.”

    The Minister of Tourism and Sports said in his address: “These three badminton tournaments
    are considered a great opportunity to restore the country’s tourism economy. It is also
    showcasing Thailand’s potential to host world-class sporting events.

    “The staging of the tournaments aligns with the vision of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to
    develop and integrate tourism and sports. Furthermore, the three events can also be criteria for
    other sports competitions in Thailand in the new normal.”

    Leeswadtrakul added that it was an honour for BAT to host the Asian leg and thanked the
    Government of Thailand, all government stakeholders and principle partners HSBC, Yonex and
    Toyota for their contributions in making this possible.

    “We have tremendous support to deliver these historic badminton tournaments in Thailand
    under strict control for the safety and health of everyone.
    “The tournaments will make people proud of the country because it is the first time that three
    tournaments of this kind will be held in one month in one country. At the same time, it is
    expected to stimulate the economy that has been stagnant since the COVID-19 pandemic,” she
    Kelvin Tan, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Thailand said HSBC was looking forward to a fantastic
    conclusion to the HSBC BWF World Tour 2020 season.
    “We are pleased to see the safe return of international badminton to Asia – a sport that means
    a lot to us and our customers across the region. We’d also like to thank BWF and the
    tournament hosts in Thailand for enabling these sporting events to go ahead with the health
    and safety of fans and players as a firm priority. We look forward to supporting an exciting
    month of badminton in January 2021,” Tan said.
    Further details on tournament logistics and health and safety measures at the Asian leg will be
    revealed in due course.

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