Badminton: India Open 2021 postponed due to surge in Covid-19 cases

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India Open 2021. The Badminton Association of India discussed with the Badminton World Federation and the Delhi authorities earlier deciding to postpone the Super 500 tournament, keeping successful caput the wellness and information of players and officials.

Following emergence  successful  Covid-19 cases, BAI postponed India Open 2021 (AFP Photo)

Following emergence successful Covid-19 cases, BAI postponed India Open 2021 (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India Open 2021 was scheduled to beryllium held from May 11 to 16 successful New Delhi
  • India Open was 1 of the past fewer tournaments successful the Olympic qualification cycle
  • BAI discussed the concern with the BWF and Delhi authorities earlier taking the call

The Badminton Association of India connected Monday announced that India Open Super 500 tourney has been postponed for the clip being owed to surge successful Covid-19 cases successful the country.

The India Open, which was expected to beryllium 1 of the past fewer events successful the Olympic qualification cycle, was scheduled to beryllium held from May 11 to 16 astatine the KD Jadhav Stadium successful New Delhi. The Super 500 tourney was acceptable to beryllium held down closed doors.

BAI wide caput Ajay Singhania said the nationalist badminton assemblage held discussions with the Badminton World Federation arsenic good the Delhi authorities earlier taking the call, keeping successful caput the information of players and officials. Notably, Delhi imposed a 6-day lockdown from Monday evening to curb the emergence successful cases of Covid-19 successful the nationalist capital.

"Considering the existent challenges, BAI is near with nary enactment but to denote the postponement of the tourney for the clip being," Ajay Singhania said.

"Several rounds of discussions were held with BWF arsenic good arsenic the Delhi authorities and different stakeholders and accessing the information of players and officials BAI needed to instrumentality this decision."

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Notably, adjacent to 228 players were portion of the archetypal introduction database for India Open 2021. Some of the biggest names connected the tour, including World No. 1 Kento Momota, Akane Yamaguchi and Viktor Axelsen were portion of the introduction database on with India stars led by reigning satellite champion PV Sindhu. However, the likes of Carolina Marin, Anders Antonsen and Thailand's Ratchanok Intanton had withdrawn from the event.