I am not sure where they got the info from.” – Kenny Goh

Yesterday there came reports of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) scheduling three tournaments in March, which are to be hosted by Singapore. The tournaments as per the news will be part of the Olympic qualifications process.

It seems this piece of information given out by Hong Kong head coach Tim He Yiming to the South China Morning Post was quite the privy information. Today, Kenny Goh, the Secretary General of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) said he was not aware of this piece of information.

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“I’m not sure where they got the info from, but I have been in touch with Thomas Lund (BWF Secretary General), he has not mentioned anything about it.

“In fact, the BWF just had their council meeting recently and there was no decision made pertaining to the Olympic qualification.”

He told The Star that it was still early time to predict what might happen next year as the Covid-19 cases were on the rise globally. But he admitted that the bubble system was the best way to go forward with and it made sense that tournaments be held in one country in a bulk to avoid the risk of infection.

The Olympic qualification period ends 2 May 2021. The move from BWF, if it turns out to be true, is the best way to include as many tournaments in the Olympic qualifying period.