2020 Thomas & Uber Cup

The 2020 Thomas & Uber Cup (officially known as the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 for sponsorship reasons) was the 31st edition of the Thomas Cup and the 28th edition of the Uber Cup, the biennial international badminton championship contested by the men and women's national teams of the member associations of Badminton World Federation (BWF). The tournament were played at Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark.[1] It is the first time that Denmark hosted the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup tournament and the first time this event was held in Europe since England 1982. It was due to played on 15–23 August 2020, but on 29 April 2020 it was postponed to the 3–11 October instead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] On 15 September 2020 it was again postponed[3][4] and on 21 December 2020 it was announced that it was postponed to 9–17 October 2021.[5]

2020 Thomas & Uber Cup
2020 Thomas & Uber Cup logo.svg
Tournament details
Dates9–17 October 2021
Edition31st (Thomas Cup)
28th (Uber Cup)
LevelInternational
Nations16 (Thomas Cup)
16 (Uber Cup)
VenueCeres Arena
LocationAarhus, Denmark
Official websitebwfthomasubercups.com
2018 Bangkok 2022 Bangkok

China was the defending men's champion team, and Japan was the defending women's champion team. Both were defeated in the final, by Indonesia and China respectively. Both Indonesia and China extended their record of 14 and 15 titles respectively.

Due to non-compliant with the new Anti-Doping rules by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Indonesia (as Thomas Cup champions) and Thailand (as Uber Cup bronze medal) not permitted to display the national flag at the Victory Ceremony. Instead, they replaced it with PBSI and BAT flag, respectively.[6][7]

Host selectionEdit

Aarhus was named as the host in November 2018 during BWF Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,[8] where BWF also decided the host for 18 major events, including Thomas and Uber Cup, Sudirman Cup, BWF World Championships, BWF World Junior Championships, and BWF World Senior Championships in 2019 through 2025.

QualificationEdit

Thomas CupEdit

Means of qualification Date Venue Slot Qualified teams
Host country 29 November 2018 Kuala Lumpur 1   Denmark
2018 Thomas Cup 20–27 May 2018 Bangkok 1   China
2020 All Africa Team Championships 10–13 February 2020 Cairo 1   Algeria
2020 Asia Team Championships 11–16 February 2020 Manila 4   India
  Indonesia
  Japan
  Malaysia
2020 European Team Championships 11–16 February 2020 Liévin 3-1   France
  Netherlands
  RussiaB
2020 Oceania Championships 13–15 February 2020 Ballarat 1   AustraliaC
  Tahiti
2020 Pan Am Championships 13–16 February 2020 Salvador 1   Canada
World Team Rankings 18 February 2020 Kuala Lumpur 3   Chinese Taipei
  South Korea
  Thailand
World Team Rankings for Europe 1+1   EnglandA
  GermanyB
Total 16
Note
  • ^A Denmark qualified both as host and continental semi-finalists, therefore that quota was added to the world team rankings for Europe.
  • ^B Russia withdrew and were replaced by Germany as the next highest ranked team from Europe.[9]
  • ^C Australia withdrew and were replaced by Tahiti as the next highest-ranked team from Oceania because New Zealand declined the offer.[10]

Uber CupEdit

Means of qualification Date Venue Slot Qualified teams
Host country 29 November 2018 Kuala Lumpur 1   Denmark
2018 Uber Cup 20–27 May 2018 Bangkok 1   Japan
2020 All Africa Team Championships 10–13 February 2020 Cairo 1   Egypt
2020 Asia Team Championships 11–16 February 2020 Manila 3   Malaysia
  South Korea
  Thailand
2020 European Team Championships 11–16 February 2020 Liévin 3   France
  Germany
  Scotland
2020 Oceania Championships 13–15 February 2020 Ballarat 1   Australia4
  Tahiti
2020 Pan Am Championships 13–16 February 2020 Salvador 1   Canada
World Team Rankings 18 February 2020 Kuala Lumpur 3   Indonesia
  Chinese Taipei
  India
World Team Rankings for Asia 1   China 1
World Team Rankings for Europe 1   Russia2 3
  Spain 3
Total 16
Note
  • ^1 Japan qualified both as defending champions and continental semi-finalists, therefore that quota was added to the best world team rankings for Asia.
  • ^2 Denmark qualified both as host and continental semi-finalists, therefore that quota was added to the best world team rankings for Europe.
  • ^3 Russia withdrew and were replaced by Spain as the next highest ranked team from Europe because Turkey declined the offer.[9]
  • ^4 Australia withdrew and were replaced by Tahiti as the next highest ranked team from Oceania because New Zealand declined the offer.[10]

DrawEdit

The original draw for the tournament was conducted on 3 August 2020, at 15:00 MST, at BWF Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. BWF then decided to redraw the tournament after the postponement from 2020 to 2021 this time to be conducted on 18 August 2021, at 15:00 MST also at the BWF headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The 16 men and 16 women teams will be drawn into four groups of four.

For the Thomas Cup draw, the teams were allocated to three pots based on the World Team Rankings of 18 February 2021.[11][12] Pot 1 contained the top seed Indonesia (which were assigned to position A1), the second seed Japan (which were assigned to position D1) and the next two best teams, China and Denmark. Pot 2 contained the next best four teams, and Pot 3 was for the ninth to sixteenth seeds.

A similar procedure will be applied for the Uber Cup draw, where top seed Japan (which were assigned to position A1), the second seed China (which were assigned to position D1), South Korea and Thailand were in Pot 1.

Thomas Cup
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

  Indonesia
  Japan
  China
  Denmark

  Chinese Taipei
  India
  Malaysia
  South Korea

Uber Cup
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

  Japan
  China
  South Korea
  Thailand

  Indonesia
  Chinese Taipei
  India
  Denmark

SquadsEdit

TiebreakersEdit

The rankings of teams in each group were determined per BWF Statutes Section 5.1, Article 16.3:[13]

  1. Number of matches won;
  2. Match result between the teams in question;
  3. Match difference in all group matches;
  4. Game difference in all group matches;
  5. Point difference in all group matches.

Thomas CupEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Indonesia 3 3 0 11 4 +7 25 11 +14 723 570 +153 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2   Thailand 3 2 1 10 5 +5 22 12 +10 649 549 +100 2
3   Chinese Taipei 3 1 2 9 6 +3 20 14 +6 676 597 +79 1
4   Algeria 3 0 3 0 15 −15 0 30 −30 298 630 −332 0
Source: Tournament Software
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
8:30 UTC+2
Chinese Taipei   2–3   Thailand
Report
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
19:00 UTC+2
Indonesia   5–0   Algeria
Report

11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
13:30 UTC+2
Indonesia   3–2   Thailand
Report
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
13:30 UTC+2
Chinese Taipei   5–0   Algeria
Report

13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
8:30 UTC+2
Indonesia   3–2   Chinese Taipei
Report
13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
13:30 UTC+2
Thailand   5–0   Algeria
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Denmark (H) 3 3 0 12 3 +9 24 9 +15 688 514 +174 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2   Korea 3 2 1 9 6 +3 19 13 +6 587 532 +55 2
3   Germany 3 1 2 6 9 −3 13 20 −7 551 658 −107 1
4   France 3 0 3 3 12 −9 11 25 −14 574 696 −122 0
Source: Tournament Software
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
19:00 UTC+2
Korea   4–1   Germany
Report
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
19:00 UTC+2
Denmark   5–0   France
Report

11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
19:00 UTC+2
Korea   4–1   France
Report
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
19:00 UTC+2
Denmark   3–2   Germany
Report

13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
19:00 UTC+2
Denmark   4–1   Korea
Report
13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
19:00 UTC+2
Germany   3–2   France
Report

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   China 3 3 0 14 1 +13 28 3 +25 638 360 +278 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2   India 3 2 1 11 4 +7 23 8 +15 617 397 +220 2
3   Netherlands 3 1 2 4 11 −7 8 22 −14 429 516 −87 1
4   Tahiti 3 0 3 1 14 −13 2 28 −26 216 627 −411 0
Source: Tournament Software
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
19:00 UTC+2
India   5–0   Netherlands
Report
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
19:00 UTC+2
China   5–0   Tahiti
Report

12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
13:30 UTC+2
China   5–0   Netherlands
Report
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
19:00 UTC+2
India   5–0   Tahiti
Report

13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
19:00 UTC+2
Netherlands   4–1   Tahiti
Report

14 October 2021 (2021-10-14)
8:30 UTC+2
China   4–1   India
Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 2 2 0 8 2 +6 17 5 +12 443 310 +133 2 Advance to quarter-finals
2   Malaysia 2 1 1 6 4 +2 13 8 +5 391 352 +39 1
3   Canada 2 0 2 1 9 −8 2 19 −17 258 430 −172 0
4   England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a]
Source: Tournament Software
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ England withdrew from the tournament a few days before the competition began, after three of their four selected single players got injured. They were unable to field a competitive team due to those injuries on the top-ranked players.[14]
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
13:30 UTC+2
Japan   4–1   Canada
Report
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
19:00 UTC+2
Malaysia   Cancelled   England
Report

12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
8:30 UTC+2
Japan   Cancelled   England
Report
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
19:00 UTC+2
Malaysia   5–0   Canada
Report

14 October 2021 (2021-10-14)
8:30 UTC+2
Japan   4–1   Malaysia
Report
14 October 2021 (2021-10-14)
8:30 UTC+2
England   Cancelled   Canada
Report

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

The draw was conducted on 14 October 2021 after the last match of the group stage.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Indonesia3
 
 
 
  Malaysia0
 
  Indonesia3
 
 
 
  Denmark1
 
  Denmark3
 
 
 
  India1
 
  Indonesia3
 
 
 
  China0
 
  Thailand0
 
 
 
  China3
 
  China3
 
 
 
  Japan1
 
  Korea2
 
 
  Japan3
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

15 October 2021 (2021-10-15)
13:30 UTC+2
Indonesia   3–0   Malaysia
Report
15 October 2021 (2021-10-15)
13:30 UTC+2
Denmark   3–1   India
Report
15 October 2021 (2021-10-15)
8:30 UTC+2
Thailand   0–3   China
Report
15 October 2021 (2021-10-15)
8:30 UTC+2
Korea   2–3   Japan
Report

Semi-finalsEdit

16 October 2021 (2021-10-16)
13:00 UTC+2
Indonesia   3–1   Denmark
Report
16 October 2021 (2021-10-16)
13:00 UTC+2
China   3–1   Japan
Report

FinalEdit

17 October 2021 (2021-10-17)
13:00 UTC+2
Indonesia   3–0   China
Report
2020 Thomas Cup champions
 
Indonesia[notes 1]
Fourteenth title

Final rankingEdit

Uber CupEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 3 3 0 15 0 +15 30 0 +30 631 341 +290 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2   Indonesia 3 2 1 8 7 +1 18 14 +4 571 541 +30 2
3   France 3 1 2 4 11 −7 8 24 −16 458 613 −155 1
4   Germany 3 0 3 3 12 −9 7 25 −18 471 636 −165 0
Source: Tournament Software
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
8:30 UTC+2
Indonesia   4–1   Germany
Report
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
13:30 UTC+2
Japan   5–0   France
Report

11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
8:30 UTC+2
Indonesia   4–1   France
Report
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
13:30 UTC+2
Japan   5–0   Germany
Report

12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
13:30 UTC+2
Japan   5–0   Indonesia
Report
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
13:30 UTC+2
Germany   2–3   France
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Thailand 3 3 0 15 0 +15 30 1 +29 648 374 +274 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2   India 3 2 1 7 8 −1 16 17 −1 584 546 +38 2
3   Spain 3 1 2 5 10 −5 10 22 −12 457 606 −149 1
4   Scotland 3 0 3 3 12 −9 8 24 −16 445 608 −163 0
Source: Tournament Software
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
8:30 UTC+2
India   3–2   Spain
Report
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
8:30 UTC+2
Thailand   5–0   Scotland
Report

12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
8:30 UTC+2
Thailand   5–0   Spain
Report
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
8:30 UTC+2
India   4–1   Scotland
Report

13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
8:30 UTC+2
Thailand   5–0   India
Report
13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
13:30 UTC+2
Spain   3–2   Scotland
Report

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Korea 3 3 0 14 1 +13 29 2 +27 649 247 +402 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2   Chinese Taipei 3 2 1 11 4 +7 22 9 +13 570 370 +200 2
3   Egypt 3 1 2 5 10 −5 10 21 −11 379 560 −181 1
4   Tahiti 3 0 3 0 15 −15 1 30 −29 233 654 −421 0
Source: Tournament Software
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
13:30 UTC+2
Korea   5–0   Tahiti
Report

10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
8:30 UTC+2
Chinese Taipei   5–0   Egypt
Report

11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
8:30 UTC+2
Chinese Taipei   5–0   Tahiti
Report
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
8:30 UTC+2
Korea   5–0   Egypt
Report

13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
8:30 UTC+2
Egypt   5–0   Tahiti
Report
13 October 2021 (2021-10-13)
13:30 UTC+2
Korea   4–1   Chinese Taipei
Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   China 3 3 0 15 0 +15 30 2 +28 663 395 +268 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2   Denmark (H) 3 2 1 8 7 +1 20 15 +5 647 596 +51 2
3   Canada 3 1 2 5 10 −5 10 23 −13 477 621 −144 1
4   Malaysia 3 0 3 2 13 −11 7 27 −20 490 665 −175 0
Source: Tournament Software
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
8:30 UTC+2
China   5–0   Canada
Report
9 October 2021 (2021-10-09)
13:30 UTC+2
Denmark   4–1   Malaysia
Report

10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
13:30 UTC+2
China   5–0   Malaysia
Report
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10)
19:00 UTC+2
Denmark   4–1   Canada
Report

11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
19:00 UTC+2
Malaysia   1–4   Canada
Report

12 October 2021 (2021-10-12)
19:00 UTC+2
China   5–0   Denmark
Report

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

The draw was conducted on 13 October 2021, after the last match of the group stage.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Japan3
 
 
 
  India0
 
  Japan3
 
 
 
  Korea1
 
  Korea3
 
 
 
  Denmark0
 
  Japan1
 
 
 
  China3
 
  Indonesia2
 
 
 
  Thailand3
 
  Thailand0
 
 
 
  China3
 
  Chinese Taipei0
 
 
  China3
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

14 October 2021 (2021-10-14)
13:30 UTC+2
Japan   3–0   India
Report
14 October 2021 (2021-10-14)
13:30 UTC+2
Korea   3–0   Denmark
Report
14 October 2021 (2021-10-14)
19:00 UTC+2
Indonesia   2–3   Thailand
Report
14 October 2021 (2021-10-14)
19:00 UTC+2
Chinese Taipei   0–3   China
Report

Semi-finalsEdit

15 October 2021 (2021-10-15)
19:00 UTC+2
Japan   3–1   Korea
Report
15 October 2021 (2021-10-15)
19:00 UTC+2
Thailand   0–3   China
Report

FinalEdit

16 October 2021 (2021-10-16)
19:00 UTC+2
Japan   1–3   China
Report


 2020 Uber Cup champions 
 
China
Fifteenth title

Final rankingEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The flag of Indonesia was not officially allowed to be used due to non-compliance to WADA regulations. A white flag with the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) emblem was instead used for the victory ceremony.[15]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. 15 September 2020.
  4. ^ Cooper, Ann (14 September 2020). "The 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals Cancelled". BadmintonPlanet.com.
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  6. ^ "WADA Revokes Russian Lab; Suspends N. Korea, Thailand, Indonesian Doping Orgs". SwimSwam. 2021-10-11. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  7. ^ "Indonesia Wins Thomas Cup after 19 Years". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  8. ^ Green, Lloyd (29 November 2018). "BWF Major Event Hosts 2019-2025 Awarded". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
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  10. ^ a b "Tahiti to compete in TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup, Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals 2021". Badminton Oceania. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Indonesia, Japan Top-Seeded for TUC". bwfthomasubercups.bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. 4 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Seeding List" (PDF). bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  13. ^ "BWF Statutes, Section 5.1: General Competition Regulations" (PDF). Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Injury-Hit England Withdraw From Thomas Cup". badmintonengland.co.uk. Badminton England. 4 October 2021. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Makna Logo Pada Bendera PBSI". Tempo. 18 October 2021. Retrieved 18 October 2021.

External linksEdit