India Open badminton event postponed indefinitely after latest COVID-19 surge

India Open badminton event postponed indefinitely after latest COVID-19 surge

The India Open badminton event, slated to be held on the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi from 11-16 Could, has been postponed owing to rising COVID-19 circumstances within the metropolis, BAI introduced on Monday.

New Delhi: The India Open badminton event, slated to be held on the Indira Gandhi Stadium within the nationwide capital from 11-16 Could, 2021, has been postponed owing to rising COVID-19 circumstances within the metropolis, the Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) introduced on Monday.

The World Tour Tremendous 500 occasion was a qualifying occasion for Tokyo Olympics, slated to begin on 23 July, 2021.

A complete of 13 worldwide shuttlers had just lately introduced their withdrawal from the occasion, together with reigning Olympic champions in girls’s singles Carolina Marin, and Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon. The Danish males’s singles duo of Anders Antonsen and Rasmus Gemke had additionally determined to not journey to India for the occasion.

Chatting with mediapersons in a digital press convention, BAI general-secretary Ajay Singhania mentioned, “Contemplating the present challenges, BAI is left with no choice however to announce the postponement of the event in the meanwhile. It’s unlucky, however holding such a event on this COVID-19 disaster would have put lots of people in danger.”

The nationwide capital goes in a week-long lockdown from 10 pm to five am beginning at the moment (19 April). The constructive COVID circumstances within the metropolis has breached the 25,000-mark and the positivity price is inching in direction of 30 p.c.

The choice was taken after an emergency assembly between BAI and Badminton World Federation (BWF) and in session with the Delhi authorities.

“A number of rounds of discussions had been held with BWF in addition to the Delhi authorities and different stakeholders. We’ve got assessed security of gamers and officers, and primarily based on that, we deemed it match to postpone the occasion,” Singhania added.

No new dates are identified to this point, and the recent dates might be determined in session with BWF. “The BWF is protecting an in depth watch on the state of affairs in India, and we’ll zero in on new dates later. BAI will maintain a grand and profitable event when the state of affairs is suitable,” he mentioned.

The postponement comes as a blow to India’s Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, each of whom had been hoping to get some very important rating factors and make it to top-16 in Race to Tokyo rankings and earn a quota for the nation. The final version of the India Open too was cancelled after it was initially postponed from March to December. Syed Modi Tremendous 300 occasion, which was slated for 17-22 November, was additionally cancelled within the revised calendar.

India Open 2021 had an official entry record of 228 gamers, and an estimated 300 individuals, together with coaches, assist employees, and officers had been anticipated to be in attendance throughout six days. The occasion was presupposed to be held in a bio-secure bubble with out spectators and media.

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