Malaysia Open off as badminton season suspended

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Open scheduled for March 31 to April 5 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil has been postponed due to the Covid-19 infection.

BA of Malaysia (BAM) said the decision was made after close consultation with Badminton World Federation (BWF) and in accordance with the decision made by the government to suspend all sporting events until the end of April to combat the spread of Covid-19.

“Ticket buyers will be reimbursed, with the refunds to commence on Monday (March 16) and the process will take eight working days.

“With the situation under constant review, BAM will continue to monitor closely all advice with top priority being the safety and health of all,” said BAM in a statement today.

BWF had also issued a statement to suspend all BWF World Tour and other BWF-sanctioned tournaments from March 16 until April 12 due to the escalation of the outbreak globally.

Tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orleans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open, as well as a number of international Grade Three tournaments.

The suspension of the circuit will come into effect following the completion of the All England Open in Birmingham tomorrow.

A number of the tournaments impacted as a result of the suspension fall within the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying period.

BWF will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points at a later date.