(Reuters) - Thailand have been forced to pull out of next month’s Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Denmark due to a combination of COVID-19 related issues and injuries, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Monday.
Thailand, who were placed in Group D of the men’s Thomas Cup and Group C of the women’s Uber Cup, are the third country to opt out after Chinese Taipei and Australia.
"Badminton Association of Thailand cited special circumstances related to COVID-19 in addition to injuries to key players in making the decision," BWF said in a statement here without elaborating on the issues.
The BWF added that the tournament will go ahead as scheduled in a ‘bubble’ in Aarhus from Oct. 3-11, with the replacements yet to be announced.
The biennial international tournament, originally scheduled to take place in May, had initially been postponed to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic before being moved to the new dates when the Danish government extended its ban on large gatherings.
Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai; Editing by Christian Radnedge
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