Badminton: China and HK could also be barred from Asia Workforce meet

PETALING JAYA: The standing of subsequent week’s Asia Workforce Champion-ships in Manila, the Philippines, is in quandary as two badminton nations – China and Hong Kong – might not get to compete.

The Philippines authorities have quickly barred non-Filipino travellers arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau to their nation as preventive measures to comprise the coronavirus from spreading.

The Asia badminton meet, which begins on Tuesday, serves because the qualifiers for the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals from Might 19-24 in Aarhus, Denmark.

The crew qualifiers additionally supply worthwhile rating factors for Olympic hopefuls.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have acknowledged that they weren’t stopping gamers from China to compete in any tournaments overseas however they’re unable to cease nations from making a stand on the matter.

It’s learnt that Badminton Asia (BA) are interesting to the Philippines authorities to permit the shuttlers from the 2 nations to compete in Manila.

If the attraction is rejected, the Asia qualifiers will lose its glitter as China are the Thomas Cup defending champions and final 12 months’s Uber Cup runners-up.

And the organisers might must conduct a redraw.

In Group B of the lads’s competitors, China and Hong Kong are lumped along with Thailand. With out China and Hong Kong, Thailand will get a direct entry into the top-eight knockout stage and it might not be effectively accepted by different contributors.

It is going to be tough for the BA to vary the venue following the brief discover and it is going to be powerful to postpone it as there are different back-to-back Open tournaments scheduled earlier than the Olympic qualifying interval ends on April 30.

The BA might scrap the match and choose Asia representatives for the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals by advantage of their crew rating however that can want the approval of the world physique.

All different continent qualifiers in Europe, Africa and Ocenia – scheduled subsequent week – would go on as scheduled. The BWF have already postponed the China Masters in Hainan from Feb 25-March 1 though it’s an Olympic qualifying match and the standing of the Asian Championships in Wuhan, China, from April 21-26, which is the final Olympic qualifying match, is pending.

In the meantime, the Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM) confirmed that the 10-member males’s crew of Lee Zii Jia, Cheam June Wei, Leong June Hao, Ng Tze Yong, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and a nine-member ladies’s crew comprising Soniia Cheah, S. Kisona, Eoon Qi Xuan, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean, Pearly Tan Koong Le-M. Thinaah and Yap Cheng Wen will depart to Manila as deliberate tomorrow.

Males

Group A: Indonesia, India, the Philippines.

Group B: China, Thailand, Hong Kong.

Group C: Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore.

Group D: Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan.

Ladies

Group A: Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong.

Group B: South Korea, India, Kazakhstan.

Group C: Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines.

Group D: China, Taiwan, Singapore.

THE DRAW

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