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It’s silly, crammed and places gamers at harm danger: Indian shuttlers on BWF’s revised calendar | Badminton Information


NEW DELHI: 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 danger.

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 powerful on the gamers. Firstly, there’s a query mark on worldwide pointers and the way quarantine will occur. Do not know the way they got here up with this when the journey restrictions are nonetheless in place. All of us need to get again to sport however there are a whole lot of query marks now, we have not began observe but,” Kashyap advised PTI.

London Olympic bronze medallist Saina took to twitter to specific her doubts.

“22 tournaments in 5 months from August to December 2020…5 months non cease journey … largest query is what are the worldwide pointers of travelling throughout this #coronavirus pandemic??,” she wrote on her deal with.

She puzzled how BWF had give you the schedule when different sports activities equivalent to tennis nonetheless had not introduced its calendar as a result of 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 count on gamers to play 22 tournaments in 5 months. They aren’t desirous about gamers. The BWF president is an Olympic champion, so they need to have thought how gamers can play week after week.

“Even a match participant cannot play so many tournaments, it’s going to absolutely result in accidents. I did not count on this from BWF,” stated Praneeth, a World Championship bronze medallist.

“Persons are considering of travelling much less in these occasions, it appears BWF did not assume whether or not gamers can play or not, they’re simply desirous about themselves.

“They need to have realised the Olympic qualification standards as an alternative of the schedule. There’s nonetheless no readability, why we’ll play so many tournaments, proper now everybody is considering the Olympics, and the way they may 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 without warning that there are 22 tournaments in 5 months. All of them are those we normally play. From September until December not a single week neglected. Even final yr we performed 17-18, we performed all 500, 750 and 1000 and two 300 occasions, even when we try this within the months to return, we’ve 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 cannot be capable of play our residence event as a result of we will not miss a 1000 occasion, so it’s plain stupidity. They should not have crammed up so many tournaments.”

With journey restrictions as a result of coronavirus nonetheless in place, Chirag stated it has left gamers extra confused.

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

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

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


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