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11 Aug, 2021
As the corona virus pandemic continues to make things difficult for sports and public events in various parts of Asia, the BWF has announced modifications to the 2021 BWF Tournament Calendar.
Per the revised calendar, the Korean Open 2021 and Macau Open 2021 have been scrapped altogether, while the SaarLorLux Open 2021 in Saarbrücken, Germany has been upgraded to Super 500 status and will have a new name - Hylo Open 2021.
This will be the third of the European tournaments in the calendar following Denmark and France, that were originally penciled in.
In a statement issued to announce the changes to the calendar, BWF said that it remains committed to delivering the remainder of the 2021 as it was originally conceived.
“BWF is still committed to delivering the remainder of the 2021 calendar as planned we look to provide players with a safe and structured platform to earn important world ranking points and prize money in these coming months,” the statement said.
Also, the Malaysia Masters 2021 and Malaysia Open 2021 – both continue to be postponed, and a final decision on their status is expected to come at a later date.
The BWF World Junior Championships is also postponed. The tournament was slated to hosted by China, and according to the BWF it is not feasible to conduct any tournaments in China this year.
“No replacement dates or locations have been set,” the BWF statement added.
Meanwhile, the Sudirman Cup is expected to go ahead as per the scheduled 23rd September to 3rd October timeframe, while the Thomas & Uber Cup is slated to take place from the 7th to 17th October. The draws for both tournaments are expected on 25th August and 18th August respectively.