BWF Freezes Rankings, Future Events Qualification, Seedings To Be Decided On March 17 Positions

The Badminton World Federation on Tuesday decided to freeze the world rankings, saying standings as on March 17 will be the basis for entry and seedings when it restarts the international calendar that has been thrown haywire owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was a clamour for freezing the world rankings with Indian shuttlers Saina Read More …

BWF Chief Slams Athletes For Criticism During Coronavirus Pandemic

Badminton World Federation (BWF) secretary-general Thomas Lund said that the criticism that it has received from top players over the past few months is “disappointing” to see. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) had come under significant criticism from the players over the past two months as it went through with a number of competitions including Read More …

Coronavirus: BWF To Review Olympic Qualification, Freezing Of World Rankings Also Possible

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday said it might freeze the world rankings for a while as it works on a “fair solution” to the Olympic qualification process after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a postponement of the Tokyo Games. There have been growing calls to freeze the world rankings after cancellations and postponements wrecked Read More …

Senior National Badminton Championships Postponed Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The Badminton Association of India on Wednesday postponed the 84th Senior Badminton National Championships scheduled to be held in Lucknow from April 27 to May 3 after the government put the country under lockdown till April 14 to combat the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has claimed 10 lives and infected nearly 600 people Read More …

Thomas & Uber Cup Finals Postponed Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The Thomas and Uber Cups, effectively the world team badminton championships for men and women, were postponed Friday due to the coronavirus crisis and put back three months, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced. Instead of their original May 16-24 slot, the championships will be held from August 15-23 in Aarhus, Denmark. “All relevant health, Read More …

Coronavirus: Saina Nehwal Says All England Open Chose Finances Over Players’ Welfare

India’s former world number one Saina Nehwal said officials had put profits ahead of player welfare by allowing the All England badminton championship to go ahead last weekend despite the coronavirus pandemic. The competition was one of the few international sporting events to conclude Sunday amid the deadly outbreak, which has claimed thousands of lives Read More …

All England Open: Viktor Axelsen Claims Men’s Title, Tai Tzu Ying Wins Women’s Competition

Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying beat Chinese world number one Chen Yufei 21-19, 21-15 to win the All England badminton Championship for the third time on Sunday. Tai, seeded second, was on a revenge mission in Birmingham after losing last year’s final against Chen. The 25-year-old’s previous All England titles came in 2017 and 2018 and she Read More …

All England Open: Viktor Axelsen Reaches Final, To Play Chou Tien-chen

Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen and Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen will meet in the final of the All England Championships after taking contrasting routes through their last-four matches on Saturday. World number seven Axelsen had to hit back to beat Malaysian world number 13 Lee Zii Jia 17-21, 21-13, 21-19 in Birmingham. Chou had an easier ride as Read More …

Coronavirus: India Open, All Badminton Meets Suspended Until April 12

All Badminton World Federation (BWF) sanctioned tournaments around the world have been suspended until April 12 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the badminton world body said in a statement on Friday. “Tournaments affected include the YONEX Swiss Open 2020, YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2020, Orleans Masters 2020, CELCOM Axiata Malaysia Open 2020, and Singapore Read More …

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