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 improve 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 pointers 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 follow but,” Kashyap informed PTI.
22 tournaments in 5 months from August to December 2020 .. https://t.co/brfkDO5DOY
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) Could 22, 2020
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 … greatest 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 corresponding to Tennis nonetheless has not introduced its calendar because of the international 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 excited about 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’ll certainly result in accidents. I did not anticipate this from BWF,” mentioned Praneeth, a World Championship bronze medallist. “Individuals are pondering of travelling much less in these occasions, it appears BWF did not suppose whether or not gamers can play or not, they’re simply excited about themselves.
“They need to have realised the Olympic qualification standards as an alternative of the schedule. There may be nonetheless no readability, why we are going to play so many tournaments, proper now everybody is considering Olympics, and the way will they depend 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 often play. From September until December not a single week disregarded. Even final 12 months 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 mentioned.
“Additionally Syed Modi occasion is colliding with Indonesia Tremendous 1000, each are in the identical week. So for us, we can’t be capable of play our dwelling match as a result of we won’t miss a 1000 occasion, so it’s plain stupidity. They should not have crammed up so many match.”
With journey restrictions because of the coronavirus nonetheless in place, Chirag mentioned 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 determine. Important factor is how they are going to unfreeze rating and Olympic qualification,” he requested.
The highest Indian shuttlers prepare on the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.
“We should wait until Could 31. We’ll go by the central and state authorities directives. As of now, Talengana authorities has prolonged the lockdown until Could 31 and no sports activities is allowed in any stadiums,” Chief nationwide badminton coach Pullela Gopichand mentioned.