The BWF has been receiving queries from Member Associations regarding the 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 2020.
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BWF has noted that some players have withdrawn from the tournament due to their government’s advisory to citizens to only take necessary travel to Iran at this time.
BWF has carefully considered the situation and has concluded that players/officials should take into account the advice from their national authorities not to travel to Iran at this time and reconsider their participation in this BWF-sanctioned tournament. It should be noted that there are a significant number of governments providing advisories against unnecessary travel to Iran at this time.
Given the above circumstances, BWF has decided that the 29th Fajr Badminton International Challenge 2020 will not count towards the Olympic qualification process.
Points from the tournament will however still count towards the BWF World Rankings, but will not be taken into consideration in the final list used for Olympic qualification.