CROWN Group Australian Badminton Open Officially Cancelled

The CROWN Group Australian Badminton Open, initially booked in for this week of 2020, the biggest tournament on the Australian badminton calendar, has been officially cancelled. The event had initially been listed as suspended on the BWF calendar for 2020 however the decision was made to cancel the event after a review of its feasibility in the current climate.

Event Director, Badminton Australia and Badminton Oceania Executive Board member Loke Poh Wong said:

“While it is a disappointing outcome, safety will always be the priority and we fully support the decision to cancel this year’s CROWN GROUP Australian Open. We’re looking forward to welcoming all volunteers, players, staff and spectators back for an even bigger event in 2021 

In 2019 the CROWN Group Australian Badminton Open saw a plethora of top international talent play in front of the local crowds. Players included Saina Newahl, Nozomi Okuhara, Chou Tien-Chen and the crowd pleasing badminton hero Lin Dan. The tournament provides the opportunity for Australia’s best talent to test themselves against the worlds best on home soil each year. Badminton Australia General Manager of Sport Operations Peter Roberts said:

“No doubt this announcement will come as disappointing news to many. The CROWN Group Australian Badminton Open gives our elite players a great chance to test themselves at home, but it also gives the Australian badminton community a chance to attend a world class event. Overall, the right decision has been made for the safety of all of the people involved from technical officials, volunteers and spectators. We know all of those involved in the ABO ever year come back hungry and keen for more so we are optimistic and excited for the return of the CROWN Group Australia Badminton Open in May 2021”

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