The new crown pneumonia epidemic has hit all walks of life in the world. Although the 2020 All England Tournament was held amidst doubts and became the last event before the suspension of the Badminton World Tour, the tournament will be suspended for the first time after World War II due to financial difficulties next year.
The epidemic has caused a "major chaos" in international badminton competitions. The World Badminton Federation announced last week that this season will be postponed to January next year. Two Asian Opens and the 2020 finals will be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
This means that the Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand Masters originally scheduled for January next year are all facing shocks; but the shocks are not limited to this. It is scheduled to be held in Birmingham from March 17 to 21 next year with a total prize of 1.1 million US dollars. With regard to financial difficulties, the crisis that was suspended for the first time after 1946 surfaced.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Badminton Association of England, Adrian Christie, said that the government did not allow the extension of the ban for spectators at sports events, which became the last straw to crush the camels.
According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the British government has decided to extend the "clearance order" for sports at least until the end of March next year due to the outbreak.
This constitutes a severe setback for the Badminton England Association's finances, because competition hosting revenue is the main source of financial income for the club.
Christie said in a statement on the club’s website: “We are facing the real possibility that the All England Championship will be suspended for the first time since World War II. The government’s announcement means that if the situation fails to improve, we will have to face the audience in the next six months. Still not allowed to enter."
"I am most concerned about the financial sustainability of the England Badminton Association, especially the All England Championship is our main source of finance. Due to the epidemic situation, the number of seats in this year's competition is limited, we have faced a loss of £1.75 million in this financial year. ."
He said that the financial assistance provided by the British government has become the hope of saving the All England Championship next year. "I call on the government to provide 1 million pounds of financial assistance. This will protect the All England Championship and reduce the pressure on the country's most people participating in the sport.
In any case, the British government has announced that it will not use the national treasury to help sports organizations. In terms of football, it is opposed to suggesting that Premier League clubs live within their means, not to invest heavily in the transfer market and to help low-level league clubs "live".