Asian mixed badminton team tournaments canceled amid COVID-19 pandemic

The continental organization said on Wednesday that Asian badminton has canceled the mixed team tournament that was scheduled to take place in Wuhan next week due to several governments imposing travel restrictions and quarantine requirements on players.

Asian Badminton added that the timing of the tournaments, which are not part of the Olympic qualification process for Tokyo, was also a contributing factor in its decision.

“In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many Asian governments are still imposing strict travel restrictions and quarantine requirements on those entering the countries involved,” Asian Badminton said in a statement.

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“Players who participated in the Asian Returns (1 and 2) and the World Tour Finals that took place from January 12-31 in Bangkok, Thailand will have to conduct a mandatory two-week quarantine after returning from these events.

“Unfortunately, this means that players are unable to participate in events in close proximity to these dates, as the hosting member associations impose strict quarantine requirements.”

The Mixed Tag Team Championship was due to determine the qualifiers for the Sudirman Cup finals later this year.

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Asian badminton said the world governing body BWF has concluded that if no continental tournaments are held to qualify, the continental associations will be represented by the teams after taking into account the world rankings.

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