Asia’s badminton chief has denied that groups within the area had been in charge for the postponement of the Thomas and Uber Cup, which adopted a sequence of pull-outs over coronavirus fears.
Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Australia all withdrew earlier than the boys’s and girls’s world staff championships, which had been set to kick off badminton’s restart subsequent month, had been shelved.
The Badminton World Federation stated it was unable to ship a excessive sufficient stage of competitors following the withdrawals. Most of the world’s prime gamers are from Asia.
A Danish sports activities editorial attacked the pull-outs as egocentric. However Badminton Asia chief working officer Noticed Chit Boon stated the Asian groups weren’t making an attempt to “make life troublesome”, experiences stated.
“I believe it’s the proper and prerogative of each taking part nation to determine in the event that they wish to journey to play or not,” he advised media at an occasion in Kuala Lumpur, in accordance with The Star on Thursday.
“There are many issues to be considered as a result of every nation imposes completely different SOP [standard operating procedures], guidelines and situations for his or her residents travelling overseas.”
“So I don’t assume that is concerning the Asian nations pulling out simply to make life troublesome for everyone,” added Noticed.
“These claims emerged as a result of Denmark occurred to be the hosts. Will the identical be stated if an Asian nation hosted the occasion?”
Worldwide badminton has been on maintain since March over the pandemic. Subsequent month’s Denmark Open is the one top-level occasion confirmed on this 12 months’s rejigged calendar.
The Thomas and Uber Cup has now been postponed thrice, and won’t happen earlier than subsequent 12 months.
Denmark’s world quantity three Anders Antonsen warned that the game will “wither away and die” if tournaments do not return quickly.
“Are we sitting round ready for a vaccine to come back earlier than badminton can begin up once more?” he wrote on Instagram.
“Make the most effective and most secure set-up you presumably can and run the tournaments. Whoever attends, attends. In any other case the game will wither away and die.”