There will now be three groups, instead of four, at this month’s Li Ning BWF Sudirman Cup tournament.
Following last week’s withdrawal of Group 4 team, South Africa, the remaining two teams in that group have been redrawn in Group 3 of the event.
The Philippines will now compete in Group 3A versus Ukraine, New Zealand, Turkey and Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan will play in Group 3B against Switzerland, Vietnam, Australia and Lithuania. The brief redraw took place this morning at the Badminton World Federation’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tournament officials determined it more beneficial for Kazakhstan and the Philippines to be placed in Group 3 – and therefore have the opportunity to play more matches in the prestigious World Mixed Team event – than for them to remain in Group 4 and only have one tie versus each other. Both teams are aware of this change.