BWF Badminton Tour to return at China Masters in late August

The governing body has decided to push back the return of international badminton by two weeks.

By Rahul Venkat ·

Indian badminton fans will have to wait longer for the sport to return to the country after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) decided to cancel the Hyderabad Open.

The Super 100 tournament, initially scheduled to be held between August 11-16, was set to be the first international tournament on the BWF World Tour post the enforced break due to COVID-19.

The China Masters at Sanya, a Super 100 event, will now mark the return of international badminton on August 25 instead.

“These changes announced today are necessary but do not directly impact the new BWF Tournament Calendar 2020, which was created to allow for changes as part of our framework for badminton’s potential return,” BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said.

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The Hyderabad Open was one of three World Tour events to be held in India, along with the Syed Modi International, a Super 300 tournament, and the India Open, a Super 500 event.

However, both of those have not been affected by BWF’s latest announcement, considering that they are scheduled for November and December 2020, by which time the season is expected to be in full swing.

Australian Open, Korea Masters cancelled

The BWF also announced that the Super 300 Australian Open, which had been suspended earlier, was cancelled as the BWF and Badminton Australia could not find a suitable replacement date.

The Super 300 Korea Masters, scheduled for late November, also stands cancelled with the country set to welcome back the sport in the form of the Super 500 Korea Open on September 8th.

Meanwhile, the German Open and Swiss Open, both Super 300 events, and the European Championships continue to remain suspended as the BWF looks for dates to accommodate them in its revamped calendar.