Yesterday, the 2020 Danish Badminton Open finally kicked off in Odense, the hometown of fairy tales, amidst controversy. This also marked the official restart of the world badminton after a seven-month suspension. However, the Danish Open, which marks the restart of the tournament, is also the last international tournament in 2020. Despite the corresponding epidemic prevention measures, the tournament is still bleak.
After the All England Open in March this year, the world badminton world fell into a seven-month event vacuum. After several twists and turns and adjustments, the Tangyu Cup, the Asian Open and the finals were postponed to 2021, and the Danish Open became the last stop of this year and the only high-level Open in the second half of the year.
The epidemic has continued to rebound in Europe. In addition, the Danish Open does not involve Olympic points, and most of the top players did not participate. All members of the Chinese team were absent from the competition. Although the Japanese team registered all the main players and locked up the top seeds of all five individual events, almost all of them retired in the end. Only Hope Okuhara and Kenta Nishimoto still participated.
流行病在欧洲继续反弹。此外，丹麦公开赛不涉及奥运积分，大多数顶级选手也没有参加。中国队所有成员缺席比赛。尽管日本队注册了所有主要选手并锁定了所有五项个人赛事的头号种子，但最终他们几乎全部退役。只有Hope Okuhara和Kenta Nishimoto仍然参加。
In addition to the two Japanese singles stars, the Spanish star Ma Lin, Chinese Taipei star Zhou Tiancheng, India's Srikans, North America's Li Wenshan and Zhang Beiwen also participated in the competition. In the absence of Asian players, the Danish Open has almost become a European Championship, with 28 of the 32 women's singles main seats being European players.
Under pressure to restart the event, the BWF has made a lot of efforts in epidemic prevention. In addition to the necessary nucleic acid testing, temperature measurement, and zoning, the Danish Open also introduced a new serve dispenser similar to a slide. Players do not need to go through the serve referee when changing badminton, and can directly take the ball from the dispenser. On the court, referees wear masks. Players are prohibited from shaking hands before and after the game, and interaction with the audience is prohibited.
It is worth mentioning that this event is not held empty. The organizing committee limits the admission of 500 spectators every day and arranges for staff to organize spectators to gather in the auditorium or dining area. Judging from the game on the first day, almost no spectators entered the field, but when the game enters the late stage, the Danish spectators who love badminton may increase.
In addition, the participating players are allowed to enter and leave the hotel freely, and they can also order take-out at the hotel. The organizing committee is responsible for providing green routes to go out and designated ordering software. From the perspective of epidemic prevention, the Danish Open did not adopt empty and fully enclosed measures, which is risky for participants. Zhou Tiancheng previously stated that epidemic prevention is the global norm and athletes should find ways to adapt to the environment. Before heading to the Danish Open, Zhou Tiancheng's team also posted a photo of Zhou Tiancheng and his mother on the social platform. The caption read: Mother Zhou can rest assured that we will come back healthy and safe.
On the first day of the match, Kenta Nishimoto, Ma Lin and other celebrities all passed the competition. This afternoon will continue the first round of competition, Zhou Tiancheng, Antonsen, Jorgensen, Srikens, Okuhara Hope, Li Wenshan and other players will play. (Badminton Magazine)