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Hyderabad Open badminton tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Hyderabad Open, which was scheduled for August 11-16 and was a part of the BWF schedule to restart the sport, has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

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New Delhi Updated on: June 04, 2020 19:48 IST
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The Hyderabad Open, which was scheduled for August 11-16 and was a part of the BWF schedule to restart the sport, has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

The Hyderabad Open badminton tournament, scheduled to be held from August 11 to 16, was on Thursday cancelled by the world body BWF in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"BWF and Badminton Association of India have agreed to cancel the Hyderabad Open 2020 (11-16 August) - a Super 100 on the BWF Tour," the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a statement.

The event was part of the BWF's revised calendar to restart the sport after the pandemic-forced cancellations since March.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: "Circumstances have and will continue to change in certain countries and territories and therefore BWF

may be required to make further updates to the status of tournaments as and when necessary." 

Apart from Hyderabad Open, Australia Open and Korea Masters have also been cancelled. Meanwhile, three tournaments -- German Open, Swiss Open and European Masters remain -- suspended and BWF stated announcement regarding the fate of these tournaments will be made in due course.

"Health, safety and movement restrictions are now quite varied across the globe as certain countries and territories slowly return to a new normal," Lund said.

"We will continue to adjust to these changes to ensure any badminton activity 100% complies to the rules and regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO), local health authorities, and international and domestic travel restrictions."

(With inputs from IANS)

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