The oldest badminton tournament in the world, the All England, is in danger of being cancelled next year. The tournament organisers have been facing a financial crisis since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Adrian Christy, Badminton England Chief Executive via the allenglandbadminton.com said, “Unfortunately, following the latest Government announcement, we are now looking at a real possibility of the YONEX All England not taking place for the first time since World War II.”
The British Government recently came out with new social distancing guidelines that prohibit the gathering of more than six people. This rule, as per government announcements, could last for six months. On this newly introduced government guidelines, Christy said the threat to the All England was because of the Government’s recent decision to paused plans to reintroduce fans back into sporting events.
Christy: “The Government announcement means that we must prepare for the fact that fans may not be able to attend if things do not improve over the next six months.”
He continued to add that the organisers’ financial loss would culminate to about 2 million USD if spectators were not allowed in the venue. He said, “This is simply not sustainable for our organisation.”
He added, “I am now calling on the Government for £1m of financial support that will protect the YONEX All England Championships and ease the pressure on one of this country’s most participated sports.”