A new year normally signifies new beginnings however that is not so for 2021.
January will see the culmination of the 2020 season, in which tournaments got cancelled across the globe and elite athletes were training in their own back gardens.
As we enter Olympic year, again, enabling our athletes to return to elite competition in order to reach their peak in Tokyo later this summer, is vital.
This week, some of the world’s best athletes made the journey to Thailand, albeit one that had far more safety measures and paperwork in place than they would have had previously.
Bangkok will be their home for the next few weeks, with the majority of their time being spent at the hotel to ensure safety bubbles are maintained.
First up is the YONEX Thailand Open which gets underway next Tuesday. This will be followed by the TOYOTA Thailand Open, with both Super 1000 classified events leading onto the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.
The top eight players and pairings will qualify for the finale which is taking place from the 27-31 January.
With the notable absence of star Kento Momota and the rest of the Japanese team, there are some gaps in the athlete field.
However, for the remaining players out in Asia, this will give them their first taste of top-level competition since the YONEX All England back in March last year.
Some competed at the Denmark Open in October yet these will be the first Super 1000 tournaments and will really give us a chance to see how lockdowns and different training conditions have affected the best players in the world.
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