Saina Nehwal Amongst Indian Shuttlers Towards BWF’s Revised Calendar Amid Coronavirus Scare

Indian shuttlers, together with Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal, on Friday, questioned the rationale behind scheduling 22 occasions in simply 5 months in a revised BWF calendar, saying the “silly” planning will enhance the harm threat. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) unveiled a revised worldwide calendar to salvage the rest of the season, disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Twenty two occasions in 5 months is extraordinarily robust on the gamers. Firstly, there’s a query mark on worldwide tips and the way quarantine will occur. Do not understand how they got here up with this when the journey restrictions are nonetheless in place. All of us wish to get again to sport however there may be numerous query mark now, we’ve not but began observe but,” Kashyap instructed PTI.

London Olympic bronze medallist Saina took to Twitter to precise her doubts. “22 tournaments in 5 months from August to December 2020…5 months non cease journey … greatest query is what are the worldwide tips of travelling throughout this #coronavirus pandemic??,” she wrote on her deal with.

She puzzled how BWF had provide you with the schedule when different sports activities corresponding to Tennis nonetheless has not introduced its calendar because of the world well being disaster.

“Tennis did not even come out with any plan until October,” she wrote in one other tweet. Praneeth, who’s front-runner in qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, was equally unimpressed.

“It’s silly to anticipate gamers to play 22 tournaments in 5 months. They aren’t interested by gamers. BWF president is an Olympic champion, so they need to have thought how can gamers play week after week.

“Even a match participant cannot play so many tournaments, it would certainly result in accidents. I did not anticipate this from BWF,” stated Praneeth, a World Championship bronze medallist. “Individuals are pondering of travelling much less in these instances, it appears BWF did not suppose whether or not gamers can play or not, they’re simply interested by themselves.

“They need to have realised the Olympic qualification standards as an alternative of the schedule. There’s nonetheless no readability, why we are going to play so many tournaments, proper now everybody is considering Olympics, and the way will they rely rating.”

Chirag Shetty, who alongwith Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, had received the Thailand Open Tremendous 500 and reached the finals of French Open Tremendous 750, additionally slammed the BWF revamped calendar.

“I used to be taken abruptly that there are 22 tournaments in 5 months. All of them are those we often play. From September until December not a single week not noted. Even final yr we performed 17-18, we performed all 500, 750 and 1000 and two 300 occasions, even when we do this within the months to come back, we have now to play each week. It’s silly. They need to have given some break,” he stated.

“Additionally Syed Modi occasion is colliding with Indonesia Tremendous 1000, each are in the identical week. So for us, we can’t be capable to play our dwelling event as a result of we won’t miss a 1000 occasion, so it’s plain stupidity. They should not have crammed up so many event.”

With journey restrictions because of the coronavirus nonetheless in place, Chirag stated it has left gamers extra confused.

“I do not suppose India will begin worldwide journey anytime quickly, so it confuses the gamers. I do not suppose there may be any readability. They might have taken extra time to resolve. Primary factor is how they’ll unfreeze rating and Olympic qualification,” he requested.

The highest Indian shuttlers prepare on the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.

“We should wait until Might 31. We are going to go by the central and state authorities directives. As of now, Talengana authorities has prolonged the lockdown until Might 31 and no sports activities is allowed in any stadiums,” Chief nationwide badminton coach Pullela Gopichand stated.

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