The international badminton calendar is yet to be fixed due to the postponement and rescheduling of the tournament and on Wednesday, Indian coach Pullela Gopichand said there were some hurdles for the players to resume training. The World Badminton Federation (BWF) was forced to postpone the Thomas and Uber Cups due to the withdrawal of several teams due to the Covid-19 epidemic. International badminton was revived with the tournament after international competition was halted in March due to the epidemic.
The world body has also canceled the Denmark Masters 2020 tournament held from 20 to 25 October. Gopichand said in a webinar organized by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), “I believe that our players do not believe that our badminton calendar is going to start very soon.” There are some obstacles for the players to get together and start training. “
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Recently, Indian badminton players refused to comply with the rules of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) regarding segregation, after which the Thomas and Uber Cup training camps were canceled. Gopichand, however, feels that the lack of training is not a cause for concern as players will return to the rhythm once they start competing in international competitions. “The Danish open is likely to happen and the players will work harder as soon as they start,” he said.
Gopichand said the epidemic has affected the players differently and some players have taken advantage of the time.
“It’s good for some players, because they’re making proper use of the time they’ve got due to the epidemic, I won’t say anything because some players who have recovered training are not in the rhythm,” he said.
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Gopichand, who took charge of controlling Indian badminton in 2006, said the situation in the country should be adjusted and the solution to start the league could be that top players play against each other in a biologically safe environment as it equals international players. I can.
Gopichand said, “Sports competitions have started all over the world and that means we have to start because we don’t want to be left behind. It means we have to reunite because the kind of tournaments we are used to in our country may not be possible.” Leagues are possible among the top players, “he said. So if you are willing to divide the players according to their level and start competing, it will help create an increasingly biologically safe environment.”
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Gopichand said the break of the games would have a greater impact on the junior players as the players going to the Olympics would have the opportunity to take the extra time they had to prepare for the 2021 tournament. AFI president Adele Sumariwala also agreed with Gopichand’s position on Olympic athletes. “The one-year suspension probably helped us somehow,” he said. Now they will have an extra year of training. I think we will do better. “