The Olympic Qualifying interval for Tokyo will restart subsequent yr and the primary qualifying match would be the Swiss Open from March 2 to 7, adopted by German Open from March 9-14.
The USD 400,000 India Open would be the final of the 17 occasions to earn factors in direction of sealing berths for the Tokyo Olympics.
“The qualification interval might be prolonged till Week 19, with the Indian Open 2021 being the final match within the qualification interval,” the BWF mentioned in a press release.
“Qualification might be decided from the Race to Tokyo Rankings printed on 18 Might 2021. BWF Council determined that this may even be used for seedings (at) the Tokyo Olympic Video games in 2021,” it added.
This yr, India Open was initially scheduled in March however postponed to December 8-13 on account of Covid-19 pandemic. It was later cancelled altogether.
The brand new-look BWF calendar additionally sees numerous tournaments postponed from first and second quarters of the season, and a handful of Grade 2 tournaments cancelled.
The BWF World Rankings will re-open following the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 scheduled to begin from January 27-31, and the calculation of the following world rankings record might be introduced on February 2.
“The main focus has been to determine cluster tournaments the place potential, comparable to what’s deliberate for the Asian Leg in January in Thailand; and we count on to stage numerous tournaments this manner to make sure a extra possible match programme in 2021,” BWF Secretary Common Thomas Lund mentioned.
“The Covid-19 scenario continues to supply a difficult atmosphere through which to run worldwide tournaments, and though the hope is that the Covid-19 vaccine might in time create a world with much less restrictions, BWF expects that the pandemic will nonetheless affect match internet hosting all through the entire of 2021,” he added.
The world physique additionally confirmed that the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, postponed from earlier this yr, will now happen in Aarhus, Denmark.
“BWF can even affirm the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 postponed earlier this yr will now happen in Aarhus in Week 41 of the season and types a part of a match cluster in Denmark alongside the DANISA Denmark Open 2021 in Odense throughout Week 42.”
BWF additionally introduced its Covid-19 assist bundle for match hosts that gives monetary help and particulars cost-relieving initiatives to make sure occasions can proceed.
“The assist will assist hosts cowl the prices of implementing BWF Covid-19 protocols which incorporates testing, preparations round lodge security, cleansing, provisions of face masks to contributors and sanitising tools,” Lund mentioned.