Still banking on Malaysia Open? I still have my doubts
On Feb 10, I wrote:
The Malaysia Open is scheduled for March 31 to April 4.
However, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) may be forced to postpone the tournament again with the Movement Control Order (MCO) still in place.
Read the full article on Twentytwo13.
The Badminton World Federation yesterday confirmed:
Take note badminton fans, here's the latest from @bwfmedia:— Twentytwo13 (@Twentytwo13news) February 19, 2021
Malaysia Open 2021 will now take place on May 25-30.
Malaysia Masters 2021 has been postponed until further notice.
Singapore Open 2021 has been moved to June 1-6.
The @Olympics qualifying period ends on June 15.
So will the Malaysia Open really take place on May 25-30?
I had in my article highlighted why this Malaysia Open could turn out to be super costly for the host - ie. the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
There are also several factors to consider - the on-going battle against Covid-19 and talks of a possible general election.
In short, there's uncertainty. And with uncertainty, it's difficult to plan. It's just a BAM thing but an affair which the national body needs to convince the world body that everything will go on smoothly.
February is about to end and that leaves BAM with just about two and a half months to organise the tournament.
As of today, I have doubts that the Malaysia Open will be held in May. And I'll stick to what I wrote on Feb 10 - we should forget hosting the Malaysia Open this year.