The India Open Super 500 will be held from 11 to 16 May and will serve as the final qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed in its new calendar for the coming year.
The Olympic qualifying period for Tokyo will resume next year and the first qualifying tournament will be the Swiss Open from 2 to 7 March followed by the German Open from 9–14 March.
The USD 400,000 India Open will be the last of 17 events to score points towards the sealing berth for the Tokyo Olympics.
BWF said in a statement, “The qualification period will be extended to Week 19 with the Indian Open 2021 until the last tournament in the qualification period.
He said that qualification will be determined from race to Tokyo ranking published on 18 May 2021. The BWF Council decided that it would also be used for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021.
This year, the India Open was originally scheduled in March, but was postponed until 8–13 December due to the COVID-19 epidemic. It was later canceled altogether.
The new look also sees several tournaments postponed from the first and second quarters of the season in the BWF calendar, and Grade 2 tournaments canceled.
The BWF World Rankings will reopen after the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 starting January 27–31 and the next world ranking list will be announced on February 2.
BWF Secretary General Thomas said, “The focus is to have cluster tournaments planned in Thailand for the Asian leg in January, in January, and we hope to hold several phases of such tournaments.” Lund said.
“The Kovid-19 status continues to provide a challenging environment for international tournaments to run, and although there is hope that the COVID-19 vaccine can create a world with fewer restrictions in time, the BWF hopes that the epidemic will still occur Will affect tournament hosting throughout 2021, ”he added.
The world body also confirmed that the Thomas and Uber Cup finals, postponed earlier this year, will now take place in Aarhus, Denmark.
“The BWF can also confirm the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Final 2020, which was postponed earlier this year, will now take place in Aarhus on the 41st week of the season and the Denmark Tournament Open 2021 in Denmark as well Will be part of a tournament cluster during Week 42. ”
The BWF also announced its COVID-19 support package for the tournament host that provides financial support and provides the necessary relief to continue the events.
“The event will help cover the costs of implementing the BWF Kovid-19 protocol, including testing, hotel security, cleaning arrangements, provision of face masks for participants and cleaning equipment,” Lund said. . ”
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