In an huge setback for BWF Challenge restart, Males’s singles world primary Kento Momota is reportedly amongst 15 Japanese gamers to have withdrawn from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Denmark Open subsequent week, due to issues over the rise of COVID-19 circumstances in Europe.
Citing an official from the Nippon Badminton Affiliation, Kyodo Information reported the Japanese contingent can be absent from the event, which is about to start in Odense on October 13.
It is because of be the primary occasion staged on the BWF World Tour for the reason that coronavirus pandemic floor sport the world over to a halt.
Hosted in Odense, the $750,000 Denmark Open will start on October 13 and conclude on October 18. Indian badminton gamers Saina Nehwal, Ok.Srikanth, Lakshay Sen, P.Kashyap are all scheduled to play within the event.
The event was additionally scheduled to mark double world champion Momota’s return to aggressive motion after he suffered a damaged proper eye socket in a deadly automotive accident in January.
In response to Kyodo, ladies’s singles world quantity 4 Nozomi Okuhara and Kenta Nishimoto, sixteenth on the boys’s standings, have confirmed their participation on the Denmark Open.
The competitors within the Danish metropolis is about to precede three back-to-back World Tour occasions in Bangkok, together with the season-ending Finals, as a part of the BWF’s plans to restart its worldwide competitions following the prolonged coronavirus-enforced stoppage.
BWF Calendar : Three back-to-back World Tour occasions deliberate in Bangkok
The primary occasion within the Thai capital – Asia Open I – has been confirmed for January 12 to 17, with the second event following from January 19 to 24.
The BWF World Tour Finals are then scheduled to happen from January 27 to 31.
All occasions will probably be performed below a collection of strict COVID-19 pointers designed to guard gamers and different members.
Guangzhou had been attributable to maintain the World Tour Finals from December 16 to twenty however the Chinese language Authorities has banned most sporting occasions within the the rest of 2020.
The organisation has been compelled into making a number of adjustments to its World Tour calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic.
World Tour occasions in France, New Zealand, Macau, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand have all been faraway from the calendar for this yr.
The BWF additionally postponed the 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals for a 3rd time due to the COVID-19 disaster.