As on Sunday, seven countries have already withdrawn from this tournament while badminton powerhouses China and Japan are yet to confirm their participation.
“7 countries have withdrawn from the tournament cause of the pandemic…Is it safe enough to conduct this tournament during this time ??… (Thomas and Uber Cup 2020) #coronavirus,” tweeted Saina.
7 countries have withdrawn from tournament cause of the pandemic…Is it safe enough to conduct this tournament dur… https://t.co/REYH4hvbO5
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1599980487000
The international badminton calendar, which was suspended in mid-March, is expected to resume with this tournament from October 3. After this tournament ends on October 11, two more tournaments are scheduled in Denmark next month.
While the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is keen on resuming international badminton, several countries, and players are apprehensive about this move.
Already Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong have pulled out of this tournament citing the safety of their players.
With the pull out of strong teams like Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia, India is expected to win medals at these tournaments.
That’s one of the reasons why Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma convinced PV Sindhu to play this tournament.
However, top-ranked men’s singles shuttler Sai Praneeth pulled out of this event as he is suffering from a knee injury. India will also miss the services of the men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. Satwik returned negative for Covid-19 only last week.