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11 Sep, 2021
The prestigious Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament, that was slated to be held in Lucknow from October 12th to 17th 2021, now stands cancelled, the badminton governing body, BWF, said in a statement.
Calling the decision regretful, the statement said that the BWF remains committed to delivering a safe and structured series of badminton tournaments for the remainder of the year.
“Tournament organisers Badminton Association of India (BAI) made the decision in consultation and collaboration with local government authorities and the BWF,” the BWF statement added.
The Syed Modi International has now been cancelled for a second year in a row, and further adds to the lack of top-class badminton action in the country for well over 18 months now.
While, there are no specific reasons attributed for the cancellation of the tournament, the ongoing health & safety challenges due to the corona virus pandemic are deemed to be the reason. India is still not out of the woods, so far as the covid situation is concerned and the logistical challenges that come with holding an international sporting event, with travel, quarantine and of course safety during the tournament are considerably high.
BWF had recently cancelled several other tournaments in Asia, the Korean Open, Taipei Open, and the Macau Open due to the complications associated with staging of the tournaments during the covid pandemic.
China Open, Japan Open, and Hong Kong Open also stand cancelled due to the covid pandemic, and currently there are less than 10 top flight events that remain on the calendar for the rest of the year on the BWF World Tour.
Sudirman Cup in Vantaa, Finland followed by the Thomas & Uber Cup in Aarhus, Denmark will be followed by the Denmark Open in Odense. The French Open in Paris and the Hylo Open in Saarbrücken will conclude the European leg of the tour before the action moves to Bali Indonesia for three back-to-back tournaments. The Indonesia Masters, the Indonesia Open, following which the curtailed World Tour concludes with the HSBC World Tour Finals in the first week of December.
The badminton action for the year is expected to conclude with the World Championships in Huelva, Spain in mid-December.