India Open 2021 to be held behind closed doors, Carolina Marin and Kento Momota among big stars in field

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India Open Super 500 tourney volition beryllium played successful New Delhi from May 11 to 16 but the Badminton Association of India connected Tuesday confirmed the Olympic qualification lawsuit volition beryllium held down closed doors owed to the Covid-19 pandemic. A star-studded tract tin beryllium expected arsenic the likes of reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin and World No. 1 Kento Momota are portion of the archetypal introduction list.

India Open, 1 of the past fewer qualification events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, has attracted 228 (114 men and 114 women) entries from 33 antithetic nationalist associations, including China.

"Due to the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases successful the country, the tourney volition beryllium contested successful a bio-secure bubble without spectators and media portion implementing strict COVID-19 information protocols," the BAI said.

"All the players and officials coming from South Africa, Brazil, Middle East and European countries including UK volition beryllium serving a 7-day quarantine play and person to study successful the superior metropolis connected May 3," it added.

"... Players and officials from remainder of the satellite tin get connected May 6 and acquisition a 4-day quarantine period."

Apart from the 3-time satellite champion Marin India's PV Sindhu, Japan's Akane Yamaguchi and Korea's An Se Young are portion of the apical 10 successful the women's singles field. Among the men, two-time satellite champion Momota, defending champion Viktor Axelson, Anders Antonsen and reigning All England Open champion Zii Jia Lee volition beryllium successful the fray.

India boasts of the largest contingent with 48 players (27 women and 21 men), portion Malaysia has fielded the 2nd biggest squad with 26 shuttlers, which includes 10 women and 16 men. The likes of Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth volition beryllium looking to summation important points successful a bid to marque it to Tokyo.

A full of 10 shuttlers (4 women and 6 men) from China are besides portion of the participant's list.

The past day for withdrawal of introduction is April 19 portion the gully volition beryllium announced connected April 20.

We person to beryllium much cautious: BAI

The governing assemblage said "Delhi Government volition behaviour RT-PCR trial connected accomplishment connected May 3 and 6 arsenic good arsenic connected May 9 and 14.

"We are truly blessed to yet beryllium capable to resume badminton action. But with the caller spike successful cases, we person to beryllium much cautious," BAI wide caput of BAI Ajay Singhania said.

"We recognize spectators person been an integral portion of our maturation communicative but this twelvemonth contempt it being an Olympic qualifier and an array of prima shuttlers successful action, we person to instrumentality the determination of conducting the tourney successful a bio bubble."