(REUTERS) - Thailand have been forced to pull out of next month's Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Denmark due to a combination of coronavirus-related issues and injuries, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Monday (Sept 7).
Thailand, who were placed in Group D of the men's Thomas Cup and Group C of the women's Uber Cup, are the third team to opt out after Chinese Taipei and Australia.
"Badminton Association of Thailand cited special circumstances related to Covid-19 in addition to injuries to key players in making the decision," BWF said in a statement without elaborating on the issues.
The BWF added that the tournament, with 16 teams in both the men's and women's categories, will go ahead as scheduled in a "bubble" in Aarhus from Oct 3 to 11, with the replacements yet to be announced.
The biennial international tournament, originally scheduled to take place in May, had initially been postponed to August due to the Covid-19 pandemic before being moved to the new dates when the Danish government extended its ban on large gatherings.