Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Badminton’s German Open will not go forward the following week and the Polish Open has been suspended, officials said, as two more Olympic 2020 qualifying events fell prey to the coronavirus tragedy.
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It has not yet been clear whether the German Open, first scheduled for March 3 to 8, will be postponed or annulled completely, the Badminton World Federation said late on Wednesday. New dates are being sought for the Polish Open, which was meant to take place from March 26 to 29 but it will now not a reduction in the qualifying era for the Tokyo Olympic.
Both events were in the same month as the All England Open, one of the biggest events in the badminton calendar, although that tournament is now stationary set to go fast.
“The BWF is ongoing to display all official updates on Covid-19 with no change to the meaning to stage other HSBC BWF World Tour or BWF-authorized tournaments,” said a statement.
This week the Vietnam International Challenge, which also approved rankings points for the Olympic 2020, was moved from late March to early June. The loss of following tournaments will pose a problem for many players, counting two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, who needs a fast rise up the rankings to win a home based on the Chinese team.
Many of China’s players are now in Britain and have been cleared to play through what is a “critical period” of Olympic 2020 qualifying, the Chinese Badminton Association said last weekend. China has been the leading power in badminton at fresh Olympic 2020, sweeping all five names at London 2012 and winning the men’s singles and doubles gold medals four years before in Rio.