Taipei Open canceled, CTBA confirms

MONEY MATTERS: While COVID-19 played a major role in the decision, the CTBA also found it hard to secure sponsorship, and ticket sales would have been affected

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 30, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter, with AFP, TOKYO

Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan reacts after beating Hee Kwang-heo of South Korea during the men’s single final of the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open badminton tournament in Taipei on Sept. 8 last year.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a funding shortfall, the CTBA said yesterday.

This was the first time that the tournament, a Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 300-level competition, has been canceled since it began in 1980.

The Taipei Open has been held annually since 1980. The tournament was to be played at the Taipei Arena from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6, with total prize money of US$500,000.

The CTBA said that it was deeply concerned about whether the Taipei Open would proceed as scheduled after the BWF announced changes to the tournament schedule in May.

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