BWF World Tour Finals: Covid-19 forces relocation of venue from Guangzhou to Bangkok
The upcoming BWF World Tour Finals have been shifted from Guangzhou to Bangkok due to COVID-19 and will begin on December 7, a week earlier than originally scheduled, the world badminton body announced on November 15 (Tuesday).
The tournament, which was slated to start on December 14, was preponed due to stadium availability issues.
The season-ending event will now be held at the Nimibutr Arena in Bangkok from December 7 to 11.
"BWF in consultation with the Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) agreed to relocate the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 due to the various challenges brought about by the current pandemic situation," the BWF said in a statement.
"BWF would also like to thank the Badminton Association of Thailand for providing a replacement location for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 at such late notice." BWF added that it will confirm the list of qualified athletes for the tournament on November 22 after the conclusion of the ongoing Australian Open.
HS Prannoy will be India's only representation at the World Tour Finals. Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, the only other Indian shuttler to qualify for the season-ending event, had pulled out of the tournament on Sunday as she is yet to fully recover from a stress fracture on her left ankle.