PETALING JAYA: Several independent shuttlers will have to wait longer for the next tournament opportunity.
This comes after the Taiwan Open, supposed scheduled for Sept 7-12, became the latest World Tour leg to be called off yesterday.
On Wednesday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) had also cancelled the Korean Open (Aug 31-Sept 5) and Macau Open (Nov 2-7).
“This (the cancellation) follows unexpected Covid-19 complications, leaving local organisers no choice but to cancel,” said the world body in a statement.
“The BWF regret the sudden change of direction but remain committed to delivering a safe and structured series of badminton tournaments for the rest of the year.”
The independent shuttlers who had signed up were Liew Daren, Soong Joo Ven (men’s singles); Goh V Shem-Low Juan Shen, Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub-Chen Jia Huo (men’s doubles); and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (mixed doubles).
The next available tournaments are the Syed Modi International (Oct 9-17), French Open (Oct 19-24) and Denmark Open (Oct 26-31).