Kaula Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has introduced the event calendar for the primary half of 2021, which incorporates 17 tournaments that may function qualification tournaments for the Tokyo Olympic Video games.
The brand new-look BWF event calendar sees a variety of tournaments postponed from Q1 and Q2, and a handful of Grade 2 tournaments cancelled.
The season will begin with the Yonex Thailand Open 2020 from January 17-21 and can conclude with the Russia Open on July 25.
The Olympic Qualifying interval for the Race to Tokyo will restart in 2021 and the primary event counting for qualification would be the Yonex Swiss Open 2021 to be held from March 2-7.
The qualification interval will final until the India Open 2021 to be held from Could 11-16 in New Delhi.
Qualification might be decided from the Race to Tokyo Rankings printed on Could 18, mentioned BWF. BWF Council determined that this may also be used for seedings the Tokyo Olympics.
The BWF world rankings will reopen following the World Tour Finals 2020 to be held from January 27-31 in Bangkok. The calculation of the following BWF world rankings checklist might be introduced on February 2.
“These deadlines have been set due to the uncertain nature of Covid-19 and the extra time needed to conduct tournaments with the Covid-19 safety protocols required,” mentioned BWF Secretary Normal Thomas Lund.
BWF mentioned it’s working with the IOC to replace the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games qualification system whereby the ultimate up to date regulation might be shared mid-January following formal approval by the IOC.
In the meantime, BWF confirmed the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020, postponed from earlier this yr, will now happen in Aarhus, Denmark in October.
BWF additionally introduced its Covid-19 assist package deal for event hosts that gives monetary help and particulars price relieving initiatives to make sure tournaments can proceed.
“The support will help hosts cover the costs of implementing BWF Covid-19 protocols which includes testing, arrangements around hotel safety, cleaning, provisions of face masks to participants, and sanitising equipment,” mentioned Lund.
“There is also the possibility to reduce total minimum prize money for 2021 in the effort to reduce costs, but BWF would encourage all hosts to keep minimum prize money levels as high as possible for the benefit of our top players,” he added.