13-time Thomas Cup champions Indonesia and South Korea withdrew over the weekend, following Thailand, Australia and Taiwan in deciding to skip the occasion.
- AFP Kuala Lumpur
- Last Updated: September 14, 2020, 4:10 PM IST
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Badminton‘s showpiece Thomas and Uber Cups had been hanging within the steadiness Monday after a number of nations withdrew because of the coronavirus and a prime participant expressed issues about security.
The twice-postponed males’s and ladies’s world staff championships are set to happen in Denmark subsequent month, and could be the primary worldwide tournaments because the pandemic halted badminton in March.
But Indonesia, 13-time Thomas Cup champions, and South Korea withdrew over the weekend, following Thailand, Australia and Taiwan in deciding to skip the occasion.
Heavyweights China and Japan are amongst groups that haven’t but introduced a pull-out however with a few of Asia’s prime expertise lacking, doubts are swirling over the occasion.
“If the development of the withdrawals proceed, I feel (the Badminton World Federation) has two choices — one is to cancel, the second choice is to postpone the finals to a later date,” Badminton Association of Malaysia common secretary Kenny Goh instructed AFP.
Leading Indian participant Saina Nehwal, who is because of play within the championships, additionally questioned whether or not pushing forward with them was a good suggestion.
“Is it secure sufficient to conduct this event throughout this time ??” she tweeted.
Cancelling the October 3-11 occasion could be a serious blow to badminton’s restart, because it was the largest occasion left on the calendar this yr after the Olympics had been postponed.
Two different tournaments are as a result of be held in Denmark after the Thomas and Uber Cups, adopted by three in consecutive weeks from November 10 in Asia, at places which can be but to be introduced.