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Badminton world tour postponed to 2021 over COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian leg of the 2020 badminton world tour scheduled for November has been moved to next year in Bangkok, officials said, in the latest disruption to the sport due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The sport has seen international matches called off throughout the year as authorities around the world restrict movement and public gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said three tournaments under the tour were now scheduled to be played back-to-back in mid-January, with the finals at the end of the month.

It said the Asian leg of the games originally planned for November was no longer "viable" and decided the Asian leg of the tour should be played in Thailand.

"The January dates provide BWF with the best possible opportunity to resume and complete the HSBC BWF World Tour for 2020 as part of our return to international badminton," it said in a statement late on Friday (Sep 25).

Two of the tour's Super 1000 tournaments will begin on Jan 12 and Jan 19, with the finals to be played on Jan 27 and ending on Jan 31.

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