The upcoming India Open (Could 11-16) is about to go forward regardless of issues of surging COVID-19 instances within the nation, because the Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) confirmed the event might be performed behind closed doorways.
“As a consequence of quickly rising Covid-19 instances within the nation, the event might be contested in a bio-secure bubble with out spectators and media whereas implementing strict COVID-19 protocols.
“All gamers and officers coming from South Africa, Brazil, Center East and European nations together with the UK might be serving a seven-day quarantine interval and need to report within the capital metropolis on Could 3,” the BAI mentioned in a press release.
Shuttlers from Asia, together with Malaysia, can arrive on Could 6 and endure a four-day quarantine. The announcement got here because the Indian authorities introduced curfew measures after COVID-19 instances surpassed 14 million nationwide.
As of now, the Tremendous 500 occasion is about to boast the participation of just about all the highest shuttlers, together with Kento Momota, Lee Zii Jia, Viktor Axelsen, P. V. Sindhu, Carolina Marin and Akane Yamaguchi.
In the meantime, Lee lastly acquired his first dose of the Pfizer-BionTech vaccine after missing out on Tuesday’s vaccination drive for Tokyo-bound athletes as he was feeling unwell.
Virtually all of the nationwide shuttlers travelling to India had been vaccinated with the primary dose, and are set to obtain their second dose in three weeks simply earlier than departing.