On July 9 Xinhua reported that the General Administration of Sports of China announced that it would not hold any international sporting events for the remainder of 2020 other than the trials for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

The all-important HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 (Guangzhou, 16-20 December) is still listed in the revised BWF calendar. Other major tournaments like VICTOR China Open 2020 (Changzhou, 15-20 September) and the Fuzhou China Open (Fuzhou, 3-8 November) are on the list as well.

However, the Lingshui China Masters (Super 100) which was supposed to be held in August (25-30) recently got cancelled.

The World Badminton Federation (BWF) has released a statement regarding the new developments on their official website. BWF stated that it is aware of the sporting directive given by the General Administration of Sports of China concerning holding tournaments in 2020.

The statement clarified that BWF is working closely with related partners including the Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) to work out the best in the current situation and the impact it might have on the BWF 2020 tournament calendar.

The world ranking points are frozen for the moment, and the rankings of 17 March 2020 will be taken in consideration for entries and seeding when badminton resumes.

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