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  • BWF ANNOUNCES REVAMPED TOURNAMENT CALENDAR FOR 2020


    05/22/20

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced a revamped tournament calendar for the remainder of 2020 following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A lot of planning and consultation has taken place with Member Association hosts to be able to provide the framework for badminton’s potential return. This includes the rescheduling of top-tier events that had previously been postponed or suspended.

    BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “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.

    “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.

    “The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community remains our No.1 priority.

    “We have also tried to ensure the continued livelihoods of our badminton players, including supporting all our Member Associations, by making considered preparations for badminton’s return at the soonest possible chance at all levels across the world.”

    The BWF is still working on the exact model for the unfreezing of the world rankings in a staggered way to avoid any extreme drop off of points that would affect the ranking structure.

    There are also ongoing considerations around the mandatory player regulations and how this is impacted by the revamped tournament schedule.

    Other aspects of the BWF regulations are also being looked at including necessary changes to Olympic and Paralympic qualifying and we will make further announcements once all circumstances have been carefully considered.

    Notable Changes

    The HSBC BWF World Tour is scheduled for a return with the YONEX Taipei Open 2020 (Super 300) from 1-6 September.

    The BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open 2020 (Super 300); BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2020 (Super 1000), CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2020 (Super 750); TOYOTA Thailand Open 2020 (Super 500); and YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2020 (Super 500) have all found new homes on the calendar.

    The season-ending HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China has been pushed back a week and will now conclude on 20 December 2020.

    As previously announced, the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark will take place on the rescheduled dates of 3-11 October 2020.

    Four tournaments remain suspended.

    Suspended Tournaments

    YONEX German Open 2020 (3-8 March)
    YONEX Swiss Open 2020 (17-22 March)
    2020 European Championships (21-26 April)
    CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2020 (2-7 June)

    Suitable replacement dates are still being finalised for the suspended tournaments. A number of tournaments have been cancelled for the year.

    Cancelled Tournaments

    Orleans Masters 2020 (24-29 March)
    Singapore Open (7-12 April)
    Badminton Asia Championships 2020 (21-26 April)
    XXIV Pan Am Individual Championships 2020 (23-26 April)
    YONEX US Open 2020 (23-28 June)
    YONEX Canada Open 2020 (30 June-5 July)
    Russian Open (7-12 July)
    YONEX Akita Masters 2020 (18-23 August)
    Vietnam Open 2020 (25-30 August)
    Indonesia Masters 2020 Super 100 (29 September-4 October)

    BWF Tournament Calendar 2020 (Grade 1 & Grade 2)

    Tournament

    Dates

    City

    Level

    Hyderabad Open 2020

    11-16 Aug

    Hyderabad

    BWF Tour Super 100

    Lingshui China Masters 2020 *

    25-30 Aug

    Lingshui

    BWF Tour Super 100

    YONEX Taipei Open 2020

    01-06 Sep

    Taipei

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300

    Korea Open 2020

    08-13 Sep

    Seoul

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500

    VICTOR China Open 2020

    15-20 Sep

    Changzhou

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000

    DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open 2020

    22-27 Sep

    Tokyo

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750

    TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 *

    03-11 Oct

    Aarhus

    Major Championships

    YONEX Dutch Open 2020

    06-11 Oct

    Almere

    BWF Tour Super 100

    DANISA Denmark Open 2020

    13-18 Oct

    Odense

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750

    YONEX French Open 2020

    20-25 Oct

    Paris

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750

    BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open 2020 *

    20-25 Oct

    Auckland

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300

    Macau Open 2020

    27-01 Nov

    Macau

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300

    SaarLorLux Open 2020

    27-01 Nov

    Saarbrücken

    BWF Tour Super 100

    Fuzhou China Open 2020

    03-08 Nov

    Fuzhou

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750

    YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open 2020

    10-15 Nov

    Hong Kong

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500

    BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2020 *

    17-22 Nov

    Jakarta

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000

    Syed Modi India International 2020

    17-22 Nov

    Lucknow

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300

    CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2020 *

    24-29 Nov

    Kuala Lumpur

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750

    GWANGJU Korea Masters 2020

    24-29 Nov

    Gwangju

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300

    TOYOTA Thailand Open 2020 *

    01-06 Dec

    Bangkok

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500

    YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2020 *

    08-13 Dec

    New Delhi

    HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500

    HSBC BWF World Tour Finals *

    16-20 Dec

    Guangzhou

    Major Championships

    * Rescheduled from original dates

    The updated BWF Tournament Calendar 2020 is now available online. Refer here for information regarding changes to Continental Grade 3 tournaments.

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