For the second time BWF – Badminton World Federation has postponed the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals.
The new dates announced are from 3rd – 11th October in Aarhus, Denmark. The event was originally planned from 16th-24th May but was postponed for the first time to 15th-23rd August.
Due to the Coronavirus attack, BWF after the All England Championships which was to be held from 11th-15th March has had to cancel or suspend many tournaments.
While delaying the event again BWF stated that it is not possible to hold the event before September 2020. The statement read:
“After the Danish Government’s decision to extend the ban on larger gatherings in Denmark until the end of August, both parties agreed that it was no longer feasible to stage the championships on the rescheduled dates of 15th-23rd August.” The statement elaborated: “BWF in consultation and consensus with Badminton Denmark, tournament organisers, Sport Event Denmark and the local Aarhus government concluded that a move to October was the best solution.”
BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “Our main priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of athletes, staff, volunteers, judges and the entire badminton community. We listened to the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO), various health experts, local authorities and the Danish Government and it became clear that hosting a big event like the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals before September would be difficult.”
Badminton Denmark CEO Bo Jensen further explained that: “It is sad for us to change the dates again. However, our immediate concern is with the safety of all involved in this very uncertain time.”
“It’s still an achievement for us to be the first country outside of Asia to host the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and we are looking forward to welcoming fans, players, volunteers, officials and staff in the safest way possible.