June 10, 2020 / 12:10 PM / a month ago

Badminton: BWF cancels 2020 European Championships

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei prepares to return a shot to Denmark's Peter Hoeg Gade during their men's singles final match at the 2010 Badminton World Federation Super Series finals at the Hsinchuang stadium in New Taipei City January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Nicky Loh/Files

(Reuters) - This year’s European Badminton Championships have been cancelled due to the unavailability of dates in a revamped calendar following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Wednesday.

The tournament, which was originally scheduled for April 21-26 in Kiev, was postponed after the badminton season was suspended in March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Badminton Europe and the Ukrainian Badminton Federation will retain the right to host the continental championship next year from April 27-May 2.

After holding talks with the tournament organisers, the BWF has also cancelled the Swiss Open as it was no longer feasible to included the event in a packed World Tour programme which resumes in September.

The Swiss Open, a Super 300 event on the World Tour, was due to take place from March 17-22.

The World Tour is set to restart with the Taipei Open from Sept. 1-6, while the season-ending World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China has been pushed back a week and will now finish on Dec. 20.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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