Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal on Sunday raised considerations concerning the timing of subsequent month’s Thomas and Uber Cup, asking whether or not it could be safe to go forward with it in the course of a raging pandemic.
Nehwal tweeted her apprehensions following the withdrawal of seven international locations from the match due to the rising COVID-19 instances throughout the globe.
“7 countries have withdrawn from tournament cause of the pandemic…Is it safe enough to conduct this tournament during this time ??…(Thomas and Uber Cup 2020) #coronavirus,” she tweeted.
Scheduled to be held in Denmark from October 3 to 11, the Thomas and Uber Cup will mark the resumption of worldwide badminton after it got here to a halt in March due to the dreaded virus.
Countries which have withdrawn embody Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
India’s build-up to the occasion has additionally been hit by the pandemic. A proposed preparatory camp in Hyderabad had to be cancelled after gamers refused to settle for the quarantine situations set by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
The Indian problem will likely be spearheaded by reigning world champion PV Sindhu, who had pulled out initially citing private causes however was satisfied to reverse her determination by the federation.
However, world bronze-winner B Sai Praneeth has determined to give it a miss due to a knee harm.
The Badminton World Federation, which has repeatedly rejigged the worldwide calendar due to the pandemic, mentioned contributors on the match is not going to have to bear quarantine after touchdown in Denmark if that they had a adverse COVID-19 check report.
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