Virus outbreak will not stop All-England


  • Badminton
  • Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020

PETALING JAYA: The All-England badminton championships will go on as scheduled despite the worldwide coronavirus scare.

Badminton England have given an assurance that the world’s oldest tournament will be held as planned at the Arena Birmingham from March 11-15.

Badminton England said they are constantly in touch and seeking advice from the country’s health authorities.

“Based on the advice we are receiving, and with the government risk status to individuals being low, Badminton England are continuing with the plans to host the Yonex All-England Open Badminton Championships, ” read the statement posted on their website on Sunday.

“We look forward to welcoming the players, officials, volunteers and fans from across the world to Arena Birmingham.”

Despite the “all are welcome” assurance, it’s still unclear if the participation of the Chinese shuttlers will be affected over the coming few weeks.

The British government is already facing calls to freeze all travel from China, where the outbreak began, to prevent the virus from spreading in the country.

The European Union (EU) is also considering on imposing a blanket ban on any foreigner who has been to China recently.

The China BA have taken their own preventive measures by withdrawing their players from several international tournaments – the Austrian Open (Feb 19-22), Spain Masters (Feb 18-23), Dutch Junior International (Feb 26-March 1).

They also withdrew from this week’s Asia Team Championships in Manila after the Philippines issued a temporary ban on all travellers from China and its administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau.

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