Olympic champion Carolina Marin and World No. 1 Kento Momota will headline a star-studded discipline of worldwide shuttlers when the India Open Tremendous 500 occasion is held right here from Might 11 to 16, albeit behind closed doorways because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic. (More Badminton News)
The USD 400,000 event, one of many previous couple of qualification occasions for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games, has attracted 228 (114 males and 114 ladies) entries from 33 completely different nationwide associations, together with China.
Nonetheless, the Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) stated “because of the quickly rising COVID-19 instances within the nation, the event will likely be contested in a bio-secure bubble with out spectators and media whereas implementing strict COVID-19 security protocols.”
“All of the gamers and officers coming from South Africa, Brazil, Center East and European nations together with UK will likely be serving a 7-day quarantine interval and must report within the capital metropolis on Might 3,” BAI stated in a launch.
“… Gamers and officers from remainder of the world can arrive on Might 6 and endure a 4-day quarantine interval.”
On the court docket, three-time world champion Marin will lead the ladies’s singles class together with different Prime-10 shuttlers equivalent to Akane Yamaguchi, 2019 world champion PV Sindhu, Korea’s An Se-Younger and Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.
India boasts of the most important contingent with 48 gamers (27 ladies and 21 males), whereas Malaysia has fielded the second greatest squad with 26 shuttlers, which incorporates 10 ladies and 16 males.
A complete of 10 shuttlers (4 ladies and 6 males) from China are additionally a part of the individuals listing.
Among the many males, two-time world champion Momota, defending champion Viktor Axelson, Anders Antonsen and reigning All England Open champion Zii Jia Lee will likely be within the fray.
Former World No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi will lead the Indian cost together with B Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap.
India’s males’s doubles problem will likely be spearheaded by World No. 10 pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, whereas Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will purpose for some invaluable Olympic qualification factors within the ladies’s doubles.
Ponnappa may also accomplice Satwik within the combined doubles class which sees the Japanese pair of Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino main the listing of six Prime-10 combos in fray.
The final date for withdrawal of entry is April 19 whereas the draw will likely be introduced on April 20.
The governing physique stated “Delhi Authorities will conduct RT-PCR take a look at on arrival on Might 3 and 6 in addition to on Might 9 and 14.
“We’re actually joyful to lastly have the opportunity resume badminton motion. However with the current spike in instances, we’ve got to be extra cautious,” BAI common secretary of BAI Ajay Singhania stated.
“We perceive spectators have been an integral a part of our progress story however this yr regardless of it being an Olympic qualifier and an array of star shuttlers in motion, we’ve got to take the choice of conducting the event in a bio bubble.”
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