New Delhi: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has suspended all tournaments from 16 March to 12 April in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
The India Open badminton tournament was on Friday suspended at least till 12 April, BWF decided to halt all events from 16 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The suspension of the circuit will come into effect following the completion of the Yonex All England Open in Birmingham on Sunday,” it said in a statement.
The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orleans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open.
The decision comes after top shuttlers hit out at the world body, accusing it of not taking the epidemic seriously and putting them in danger by going ahead with international tournaments.
BWF also warned that the cancellations could hurt Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30.
The coronavirus outbreak, declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday, has led to more than 5,000 deaths globally.