The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced 25 new tournaments for the 2021 calendar. Among the 25 tournaments, 17 are Olympic qualification tournaments.

The BWF on their official website also stated the calculation of the next BWF World Rankings list would be announced on Tuesday 2 February 2021.

The Olympic qualification period will end 16 May and a new Race to Tokyo Rankings will be published on 18 May. The qualification and seeding for the Tokyo Olympics will be based on these rankings.

Thomas Lund, BWF General Secretary, said that the focus had been to establish cluster tournaments where it was possible and similar to the planned tournaments in Thailand.

“The Covid-19 situation continues to provide a challenging environment in which to run international tournaments, and although the hope is that the COVID-19 vaccine may in time create a world with less restrictions, BWF expects that the pandemic will still influence tournament hosting throughout the whole of 2021.”

The three tournaments in Thailand are not Olympic qualification tournaments. The first Olympic qualifier is the YONEX Swiss Open set for 2–7 March in Basel. The last Olympic qualifier is the India Open set for 11-16 May in New Delhi.

Super 500 tournaments like Malaysia Masters (6-11 April) and Indonesia Masters (1-6 June) and Super 1000 tournaments like the All England (17-21 March) and Indonesia Open (8-13 June) are not Olympic qualifiers.

Here are the Olympic qualifiers.

YONEX Swiss Open02-07 MarHSBC BWF World Tour Super 300
YONEX German Open09-14 MarHSBC BWF World Tour Super 300
56 Portuguese International
11-14 MarInternational Series
LI-NING Czech Open18-21 MarInternational Series
XXI Giraldilla17-21 MarFuture Series
Orleans Masters23-28 MarBWF Tour Super 100
Polish Open25-28 MarInternational Challenge
Vietnam International Challenge
23-28 MarInternational Challenge
Malaysia Open31-04 AprHSBC BWF World Tour Super 750
YONEX Osaka International
31-04 AprInternational Challenge
Singapore Open13-18 AprHSBC BWF World Tour Super 500
Peru International21-25 AprInternational Series
Victor Croatian International22-25 AprFuture Series
Badminton Asia Championships27-02 MayContinental Championships
European Championships27-02 MayContinental Championships
XXIV Pan Am Individual
27-02 MayContinental Championships
India Open11-16 MayHSBC BWF World Tour Super 500