The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday requested the Sports Ministry to relax the obligatory 14-day quarantine interval for foreign gamers collaborating in subsequent yr’s Yonex Sunrise India Open Super 500 event.
BAI normal secretary Ajay Singhania met sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju to chalk out a plan for conducting the USD 400,000 India Open occasion, which is scheduled to be held from March 30 to April four on the Indira Gandhi Stadium.
“I met the honourable sports minister today and requested him to consider the current international practice of accepting a negative RT-PCR test report taken 72 hours before departure on arrival in the country instead of 14-day quarantine,” Singhania advised PTI.
“India Open is a crucial Olympic qualifier and an important event for shuttlers who are yet to confirm their berths for the Olympics. So relaxation of the quarantine norms will allow them to participate in the event,” he added.
The 2020 version of the event was postponed to December however was later cancelled by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) because it massively rejigged the worldwide calendar that was thrown haywire by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the 2021 India Open being an Olympic qualifier, the world’s high gamers together with Indian shuttlers are aiming to take part in order to e-book themselves a spot on the Tokyo Olympics.
Singhania mentioned the sports activities minister has assured all assist in organising the event.
“I submitted a written request and Kiren Rijiju ji has assured to resolve the issue at the earliest. Both BAI and the Sports Ministry are eager to see badminton make a resounding return to India with the Indian Open Superseries.”
The Denmark Open Super 750 is the one world tour occasion held this yr for the reason that world well being disaster compelled the world physique to both cancel or postpone all tournaments after the All England Championships in March.
Due to the raging pandemic, the BWF had re-scheduled the Asian leg to subsequent yr with the Asia Open I slated for January 12-17, adopted by Asia Open II from January 19-24 and the BWF World Tour Finals from January 27-31.