2021 will be a busy year for the world of sports, one of which is badminton. This happened, because the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has postponed the schedule of various championships in 2020 to 2021, such as the Thomas & Uber Cup, as well as the Asian series, which consists of Asia Open I, Asia Open II and World Tour Finals.
In addition, the implementation of the Tokyo Olympics, which was supposed to be held in 2020, was also postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the latest BWF schedule includes the schedule for two important championships in 2021, namely the Sudirman Cup and the World Championship.
This phenomenon itself was immediately addressed by the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) by making a priority scale. Namely, which championships are the main target, as well as which players will be sent to what championships.
“Many tournaments are not possible to be held in 2020 and we respect BWF’s decision because the main consideration is definitely the health and safety of athletes,” said the Head of PBSI’s Achievement Development Division Susy Susanti, quoted from the official PBSI website.
“The anticipation from PBSI is the setting of targets and sending players, which should be prioritized. Especially those who still need points to the Olympics, of course it will be different from those who have already secured the Olympics, such as Kevin (Sanjaya Sukamuljo) / Marcus (Fernaldi Gideon) , for example, “continued Susy.
Susy also said that all badminton players should be able to anticipate from an early age the tightness of the championship next year, by continuing to maintain their physical condition as well as possible, especially in the lead up to various priority tournaments in 2021.
If an order is made, then the tournament priority scale for PBSI is: Olympics, Thomas & Uber Cup, Sudirman Cup as well as World and All England Championships.