Badminton Asia Championships moved from Wuhan to Manila due to COVID-19

Published March 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Agence France-Presse

Next month’s Badminton Asia Championships have been moved out of Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to Manila, officials said on Wednesday.

Mohammad Ahsan and Fajar Alfian of Indonesia and Japan's Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota (Handout photo)
Mohammad Ahsan and Fajar Alfian of Indonesia and Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota (Handout photo)

Numerous sports events have been cancelled, postponed or moved in recent weeks all over the world because of the deadly virus.

China, where the virus emerged in December and where more than 2,900 people have died, has been hardest hit with all sports stopped.

The Asia Championships will be staged in Manila on April 21-26.

“Badminton Asia (BA) together with Philippine Badminton Association has been working closely to ensure visa approval for player and officials’ entry into Manila for all participants in this important and prestigious Championship,” BA said in a statement.

The coronavirus has forced the postponement or cancellation of several badminton tournaments, disrupting the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

 
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