The BWF has recently received questions from Member Associations regarding safety concerns of their players and coaches travelling to Iran to compete in the 29th Fajr Badminton International Challenge 2020, due to take place 04 – 08 February.
BWF has been working with the Iran Badminton Federation and appreciates its support, reassurances and the steps it has taken regarding safety of participants at the tournament.
BWF has noted that some players have withdrawn from the tournament due to their governments advice to their citizens to only take necessary travel to Iran at this time.
BWF has carefully considered the situation and we have come to a conclusion that players / officials should take into account advice from their national authorities not to travel to Iran at this time and reconsidered their participation in this BWF sanctioned tournament. It should be noted that there are a significant number of governments providing advise against an unnecessary travel to Iran at this time.
Given the above, BWF has taken the decision that the 29th Fajr Badminton International Challenge 2020 will not count towards the Olympic qualification process.
The tournament will however still count towards the BWF World Ranking list, but points awarded in the tournament will not be taken into consideration in the final list used for Olympic qualification.