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BWF cancels Swiss Open and European Championships due to COVID-19 pandemic

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, the world body-Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday cancelled the Swiss Open 2020 and European Championships 2020 after failing to find suitable slots to host the events this year.

“There are further changes to the status of badminton tournaments this year with the YONEX Swiss Open 2020 and 2020 European Championships now cancelled,” the Badminton World Federation said in a release.

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(Credits: Twitter/ YONEX Swiss Open 2020)

“Both previously carried ‘suspended’ status until suitable replacement dates could be found.”

The Swiss Open, a Super 300 event on the HSBC BWF World Tour, was scheduled to take place from 17 to 22 March and was earlier suspended due to the spread of coronavirus.

“BWF, in close consultation and consensus with Swiss Badminton and tournament organisers, concluded that it was no longer feasible to hold the tournament at a later date in 2020,” the BWF said.

India’s B Sai Praneeth finished runner-up at the 2019 Swiss Open after losing the men’s singles final to China’s Shi Yuqi.

Qualification for Tokyo Olympics

With the BWF announcing week 1 to 17 next year as extended Olympic qualification period, the event is likely to count towards qualification for Tokyo Games.

Last month, the BWF had unveiled a revised international calendar to salvage the remainder of the season, disrupted by the global health crisis.

The apex body had also announced that ranking points earned at tournaments during the original qualification phase will be maintained.

The BWF had earlier frozen the world rankings and made the standings on 17 March as the basis for entry and seedings, when it resumes the international calendar.

Badminton Europe and the Ukrainian Badminton Federation have also agreed that it was best to cancel the 2020 European Championship in Kyiv, originally scheduled for April 21-26.

However, Ukrainian Badminton Federation has agreed to host the 2021 version and it will be staged in the same Ukrainian city from April 27 to May 2, 2021.

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