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China to host first badminton event since Covid

2022-09-30 HKT 17:00
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  • The World Tour Finals is set to take place in Guangzhou on December 14-18. Image: Shutterstock
    The World Tour Finals is set to take place in Guangzhou on December 14-18. Image: Shutterstock
China will host its first international badminton tournament since 2019 with the season-ending World Tour Finals in December, the sport's governing body has said.

The Badminton World Federation cancelled two planned events in China but said its flagship finals would take place in Guangzhou on December 14-18.

China has cancelled almost all international sports competitions since Covid emerged in 2019, with the Beijing Winter Olympics in February this year a rare exception.

Those were held in a strict "closed loop" to thwart the coronavirus and the BWF did not immediately say if the Guangzhou Finals would also take place in a "bubble".

The table tennis world team championships begin on Friday in Chengdu in a "closed loop".

December's World Tour Finals will include the top eight players and pairs in each category for their share of what the BWF called "the biggest prize pool ever seen in badminton".

"We remain confident that our hosts will deliver a spectacular Finals event with the highest standard of player safety and comfort," said BWF secretary general Thomas Lund.

Guangzhou also held the Finals in 2018 and 2019. (AFP)