BWF cancels two Super 100 tournaments over coronavirus restrictions

The Russian Open and the Indonesia Masters Super 100 were scheduled for July and October respectively but were derailed by the pandemic.

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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) canceled two BWF Tour Super 100 tournaments owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. In view of a resurgence of the virus, the sport’s governing body canceled the Russian Open and the Indonesia Masters Super 100 competitions. It said that restrictions and complications left the competition organisers with “no choice” but to call the two off. The decisions were made after consultation with the Badminton Federation of Russia and Badminton Indonesia. 

The Russian Open was scheduled to be held from July 20 to July 25 in Vladivostok. The tournament would have collided with the Tokyo Olympics had it not been canceled. The Indonesia Masters Super 100 was scheduled to be held from October 5 to October 10. 

“The ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and complications left local organisers no choice but to cancel the tournaments,” a BWF statement read. “The respective decisions of the National Badminton Federation of Russia and Badminton Indonesia were made in consultation and agreement with the BWF,” it added.

The Indonesian competition is different from the Indonesia Masters BWF World Tour Super 500 which was postponed in February. The competition was initially scheduled to be held in June but no new dates have been decided upon so far. There may also be a chance that the rescheduled event might form part of the qualification process for the Tokyo Olympics. The competition needs to fall between April 25 to June 15 to serve as qualifiers to the Games. However, that is still unclear. 

The Super 100 event in India, the Hyderabad Open has been scheduled from August 24 to August 29 but with the high number of daily cases being recorded in the country, it is yet to be seen if the tournament will go on as planned. 

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