Organizers announced that the start of the Yonex All England Open badminton tournament on Wednesday was postponed by two hours after a “large number” of inconclusive COVID-19 test results.
A joint statement from the BWF and Badminton England read: “It can confirm that a significant number of COVID-19 tests conducted for teams participating in the Yonex Badminton Open England 2021 are considered ‘inconclusive’.” As a result, samples will be returned.
“The BWF can also confirm that a small number of positive tests have been recorded and, in agreement with Public Health England, these cases will be retested. These cases will continue to self-isolate while they are retested.
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“As a result, play will now begin at 2pm GMT on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.”
The statement added that Badminton England and the BWF will continue to implement all testing protocols required by the UK Government and Public Health England to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
The prestigious Super 1000 tournament was earlier scheduled to begin at 9am GMT.
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The All England Championship was the last event on the BWF calendar to be played last year before all sporting activity was halted due to the pandemic.
International badminton resumed in October in Denmark before being suspended again until January, when three tournaments, including the World Tour Finals, were held in a biosafety environment in Thailand.