With the Malaysia Open being postponed due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the country, it comes as a big blow to every shuttler vying to garner crucial Olympic qualifying points, including the national contingent.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and Badminton World Federation (BWF) jointly agreed to postpone the 2021 Malaysia Open following a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.
The fate of the Malaysia Open, scheduled to take place from May 25 to 30, will be known by this weekend as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) confirmed discussions with relevant agencies.
Viktor Axelsen was forced to pull out of the European Championships men’s singles final after the Dane tested positive for COVID-19, handing a walkover to national team-mate Anders Antonsen on Sunday.
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) are in touch with their Malaysian counterparts to get the Indian contingent to take part at the upcoming Malaysia Open (May 25-30), following a temporary ban on Indian flights as coronavirus cases surge in the country.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the entries list for the upcoming Malaysian Open (May 25-30), boasting a mouth-watering line-up including Kento Momota and Viktor Axelsen among other world-class names.
With the India Open (May 11-16) postponed due to the escalating pandemic in the country, all elite shuttlers would be training their attention to the upcoming Malaysia Open (May 25-30).
The likes of Lee Zii Jia, Pearly Tan and M. Thinaah will have to wait a while longer to build on their winning momentum after the India Open, originally set for May 11-16, was postponed by the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
The upcoming India Open (May 11-16) is set to go ahead despite concerns of surging COVID-19 cases in the country, as the Badminton Association of India (BAI) confirmed the tournament will be played behind closed doors.
Other than Lee Zii Jia, Tokyo Olympics-bound national shuttlers received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday as they prepare for a few more events on the BWF World Tour before the premiere showcase in July.