The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm the decision to postpone the CIPUTRA HANOI – YONEX SUNRISE Vietnam International Challenge 2020 until 2-7 June, due to continued concerns over the Covid-19 outbreak.
The decision was made on the advice of the Vietnam Sports Administration linked to strict health protection restrictions in place in Vietnam.
BWF accepts that all relevant health, safety and logistical risks were considered by Vietnam Badminton Federation (VBF), Vietnam Sports Administration, and Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) in making the decision and that the welfare of players, their entourage, fans and officials at the tournament was the main priority.
The tournament was due to take place from 24-29 March 2020 and was a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
BWF, BAC and VBF as the tournament hosts are in dialogue with Member Associations and players to adjust travel plans and revise tournament planning.
Considering the new 2-7 June date, ranking points from this event will no longer contribute to Olympic qualifying as it will be outside the qualification window.
The BWF is continuing to monitor all official updates on Covid-19 and is mindful that HSBC BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments may be affected, but there are no concrete plans or decisions at this point to change the status of any other events.
BWF will continue to update the entire badminton community on any further announcements related to the situation.
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