The BWF European Para Badminton Championships, due to be hosted in Dublin between the 6th and 11th October 2020, have been suspended due to the Government decision to push back on implementing phase four of the CIVID-19 relaxation of restrictions.
“This difficult decision was made due to health and safety concerns surrounding the event, as well as the Irish Government’s current restrictions in place surrounding international travel and indoor capacity,” said Badminton Ireland CEO David McGill in a statement yesterday.
“Badminton Ireland will continue to work closely with BWF in the development of high-performance events for Para Badminton and hopefully Dublin can welcome back the European Para Badminton Championships in 2021.”
McGill paid tribute to the many who had invested time, energy and financial backing in hosting the tournament.
These included sponsors AIG, the Carlton Hotel in Blanchardstown, Sport Ireland and the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena where the tournament was to have been staged.
This would have been, and may still be, the second major European Championships in Para Sport to be hosted at the Sport Ireland Campus following on from the 2018 staging of the Allianz European Para Swimming Championships.
European and World Championships in Basketball and Lacrosse scheduled to be held in 2020 at the University of Limerick have both been postponed to 2021.
It is to be hoped that the same will be the case for the Para Badminton Championships.