Badminton restart ‘difficult to predict’, says BWF Chief

HONG KONG (AFP) – Badminton will be back in action “as soon as possible” after the coronavirus crisis, the sport’s chief told AFP, adding that international travel restrictions were complicating the picture.

Badminton, like tennis, golf and other sports with an international circuit, faces major hurdles after countries introduced an array of travel bans and quarantine periods to combat COVID-19.

Secretary General of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Thomas Lund said an announcement on a rejigged 2020 calendar was expected soon. But he cautioned that the situation remained fluid.

“We are gearing up to be ready to start competition as soon as possible. This includes formulating a revamped BWF tournament calendar for 2020. An announcement on this will be made shortly,” Lund said in a statement to AFP.

“But at this point in time, it is difficult to predict when international movement and entry restrictions will be lifted by individual countries and territories in order to guarantee that players, their entourage, officials and staff can participate in tournaments safely.”