The Badminton World Federation recently released a calendar for the badminton events for upcoming months. The calendar was revised, seeing the current pandemic situation all over the world; however, Indian shuttlers, including the Olympic medalist Saina Nehwal are not happy with this revised calendar.
Indian Shuttlers on the revised calendar
Parupali Kashyap: As per the new schedule, the BWF has lined up 22 tournaments in the course of five months, which has left the players shocked. Among one of the prominent Indian Shuttlers, who has been a Gold Medalist at 2014 Commonwealth Games, Parupali Kashyap, has also commented on this calendar, saying that the planning is not feasible as it is not possible for any player to go for twenty-two tournaments in five months as there is no clarity regarding the travel restrictions as well as the quarantine guidelines. The player has also questioned the planning of the schedule.
Saina Nehwal: Olympic Bronze medalist Saina Nehwal also expressed her doubts regarding the travel issues that will be followed after this pandemic. She also said that overlooking such a situation Tennis schedule has not been announced until October.
Sai Praneeth: Followed by the tweets of Saina, the world champion Praneeth also commented on the issue, saying that no fit player can play such a massive number of tournaments in five months. Praneeth is a front-line runner qualifying for Tokyo Olympics. He also noted that this schedule could also increase the number of injuries and affect the player’s performances. Praneeth has also asked BWF to consider players before coming up with such schedules.
“Ppl are saying to reduce travel and we are doing more travel than before” – Parneeth tweeted
A lot of other players also criticized this update as it overlooks so many vital issues such as travel restrictions, quarantine guidelines and India’s current state of increasing cases.