KUALA LUMPUR: Next month’s German Open, an Olympic qualifying badminton event, in Mulheim has been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a brief statement, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said: “The Yonex German Open in Mulheim on March 9-14 has been cancelled.
“The German Badminton Association made the decision in consultation and agreement with the BWF.
“The ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and complications left local organisers no choice but to cancel the tournament.”
The cancellation is certainly a huge blow for shuttlers hoping to earn Olympic ranking points for the Tokyo Games in July.
The German Open, a Super 300 event, was slated as the second tournament of the 2021 season after the Swiss Open on March 2-7.