The development came after the BWF decided to postpone two tournaments from their scheduled dates in Malaysia and the Singapore Open.

New Delhi: The badminton qualifying period for the Tokyo Olympics was extended by nearly two months on Friday until June 15 after three major tournaments were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The qualification period was scheduled to end on April 25.

In a statement the BWF said, “The Race to Tokyo Olympic qualification period will end on June 15, 2021, with the Singapore Open 2021 being the last qualifying tournament.”

BWF also added, “It is working with the IOC for the updated final rulebook to update the Tokyo 2020 qualification system which will be shared after formal IOC approval.”

The world body said as international badminton will resume with the YONEX Swiss Open 2021 (March 2-7) and the YONEX All England Open 2021 (March 17-21), preparations will continue for the Olympic qualifying tournaments.

The development came after the BWF decided to postpone two tournaments from their scheduled dates in Malaysia and the Singapore Open.

“Until further notice, the PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2021 (Super 500) has been postponed” the global body said.

In collaboration and consultation with the BWF, the Badminton Association of Malaysia and the Badminton Association of Singapore made the respective decisions.

BWF said the Indonesia Masters 2021 and Indonesia Open 2021 have also been postponed due to new dates for CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open and Singapore Open.

Replacement dates for these tournaments will be announced in due course.

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