BWF MEDIA UPDATE
Team New Zealand has withdrawn from the BWF Thomas Cup Finals 2022 due to a significant number of their squad being unable to participate.
No other Oceania Member Association was able to fulfil the continental quota place.
The statement from Badminton New Zealand’s Facebook page said “during the recent Oceania Championships, and in the subsequent days after this event, several New Zealand players have tested positive for COVID-19. This has resulted in a severely depleted team, with the possibility of additional positive cases detected upon arrival in Thailand. The difficult decision to withdraw the team was made, considering all factors, and putting player welfare at the forefront of our thinking. We are focused on supporting the remaining New Zealand players in Australia and getting them home safely, as soon as possible”
Hong Kong China and Spain were next in line based on world rankings, but they too declined.
Team USA confirmed their participation and will take their place in Thomas Cup Group D alongside Japan, Malaysia, and England.
The TotalEnergies BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2022 begin on Sunday 8 May.
BWF Thomas Cup Finals 2022 Draw:
BWF Uber Cup Finals 2022 Draw: