While tennis players found out their short-term futures on Tuesday, the state's badminton crew are still none the wiser.
With stage two of the Tasmanian government's rebuild plan allowing indoor sports to resume with up to 20 people on June 15, the first shuttle may be struck but local rosters and tournaments may have to wait.
"It's a work in progress with the associations and across the board to try and get a season away this year is the main hope," Badminton Tasmania president Brent Munday said.
"We're still just sorting things out in terms of what comes first as far as trying to work down and get things going at a local level to start with and then progress out to a state calendar."
ELSEWHERE IN SPORT
With only one full-time badminton stadium in the state, the H Thompson centre in South Hobart, the sport will face competition from other indoor sports such as basketball or futsal in the state's North and North-West.
"North and North-West don't have their own venue so we are sort of dictated to by what's available and what the restrictions with allow us to do.
"But the South have a different problem because they have their own venue as to what that looks like for them as well so there will be a fair bit of consultation between the associations and Badminton Tasmania to get things going."
However, Munday believes the sport's community will be flexible enough and has the option to continue deep into the year and potentially even early 2021 if needed, with an August to November season seen as the best-case scenario.
"At international level it is a year-round sport, it's not necessarily how we run it here in Tasmania at that next level.
"Having not really held major tournaments outside that time period of May to end of August since I can remember, it will be interesting to see if there are any clashes and what issues arise from that as other sports start to kick off their seasons as far as cricket and things like that."
With the season's first two events, the City of Launceston and Hobart tournaments, cancelled due to COVID-19, the calendar has already seen a significant change and Munday understandably thinks more could be ahead.
A 20-year veteran of Tasmania's open side, the 39-year-old North-West school teacher said it's a "strong possibility" the remainder of events could be played at the Hobart centre.
"The majority of tournaments were going to be held this year anyway with the Tasmanian championships and Tasmanian team championship that were rostered on to be there.
"We've got that availability as a full-time badminton centre there and it will just come down to availability of venues around the state as to where we usually stage our events and how it might clash because it will look like we may have to go outside what our normal season looks like."
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