BWF has published a series of Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 and the different impacts this has on various groups within the badminton community.
It includes implications for players and teams related to regulations, entries and withdrawals, rankings and financial reimbursement if a tournament is postponed or cancelled.
COVID-19: Important Information for the Badminton Community
With particular reference to Olympic Qualification, BWF is not at this time planning to make any adjustments to the regulations related to the Olympic Qualification period.
The announcement states: “It is unfortunate that some tournaments have been postponed or cancelled and BWF appreciates that these tournaments have been part of players’ plans to seek qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and other tournaments where qualification is required (such as the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals).
“Any change to the existing Olympic qualification rules will affect different players both positively or negatively, and with the present level of postponement and cancellation, BWF does not believe that making changes is appropriate.
“The postponement or cancellation of tournaments is not within the control of hosts, BWF or the badminton community, but is caused by ongoing developments as a result of COVID-19 in different areas of the world and decisions will be taken based on information provided by public health authorities.”
All other tournaments on the BWF calendar within the Olympic qualification period are scheduled to run.
BWF and the hosts are closely monitoring the situation in countries where scheduled tournaments are hosted and will inform the badminton community immediately if the status of these tournaments change.
The health, safety and wellbeing of players, their entourage, fans, officials and all other concerned parties as the top priority.
OTHER COVID-19 UPDATES
BWF STATEMENT ON YONEX GERMAN OPEN 2020
BWF STATEMENT ON POSTPONEMENT OF VIETNAM INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE
BWF STATEMENT ON POSTPONEMENT OF LINGSHUI CHINA MASTERS
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body of the sport of badminton, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). It was originally the International Badminton Federation (IBF) which was founded on 5 July, 1934, before being rechristened the Badminton World Federation in 2006.
The purpose and objectives of BWF include regulating, promoting, developing and popularising the sport of badminton throughout the world and organising, conducting and presenting international events at the highest level.
The BWF’s vision is to make badminton a leading global sport accessible to all – giving every child a chance to play for life. Its mission is to lead and inspire all stakeholders; to deliver entertainment through exciting events to drive fan experience; and to create innovative, impactful and sustainable development initiatives.
BWF has its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with 193 Member Associations worldwide.
Poul-Erik Høyer is the BWF President and Thomas Lund is the BWF Secretary General.
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