Saina Nehwal confirms for Denmark Open; PV Sindhu pulls out | Badminton News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: PV Sindhu has withdrawn from the Danisa Denmark Open while six others, including Saina Nehwal, have confirmed their participation by signing the consent form sent by Badminton Association of India (BAI).
Saina had questioned the timing of the Thomas and Uber Cup (TUC) — which has been postponed to next year — but seems to be fine with the Denmark Open, beginning on October 13, two days after TUC would have ended if the schedule was adhered to.
Ranking points could be the reason Saina decided to compete in this tournament. The Olympic qualification of Saina and Kidambi Srikanth hangs by a thread and both need thousands of ranking points to make it to Tokyo.
Saina and Srikanth apart, Parupalli Kashyap, Ajay Jayram, Subhankar Dey and Lakshya Sen also confirmed for the event.
Sindhu, Sikki Reddy, Ashwini Ponnappa and the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy pulled out.
“I have pulled out of the Denmark Open,” Sindhu told TOI on Thursday. “Since TUC was a team event, I wanted to represent my country. Now that it’s postponed, there is no point going to Denmark. If I play that tournament, I have to be in home quarantine for 14 days on return to India. Moreover, I am planning to compete in the three Asian tournaments. That’s why I pulled out of this event,” Sindhu added.
Doubles specialist Sikki said, “Had there been at least two tournaments we could have gone. Going there for just one tournament is risky.”
Of the six, the government will sponsor the stay and travel of Saina, Srikanth and Lakshya. These three shuttlers were part of the six-member team that BAI had named, the other three being Sindhu, Sikki and Ashwini.
There was some disappointment regarding the consent form, but a BAI official said on condition of anonymity that SAI SOPs are being followed. “It is clear in SOPs that a player has to give his/her consent in these pandemic times. We are not shying away from responsibilities. Even for shuttlers not sponsored by the government, we will arrange for visa, accommodation on concessional rates and any other help,” the official said.

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