India Open Badminton Tournament: BAI demands from Sports Ministry - foreign players should be given relief in quarantine rules

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday requested the government to relax the quarantine rules. The BAI on Monday demanded from the Sports Ministry that foreign players coming to participate in next year’s Yonex Sunrise India Open Super 500 tournament be exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania met Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju in this regard and discussed the plan of organizing the tournament. The tournament will be held from 30 March to 4 April at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.

Seeking to validate the negative report of the RT-PCR test,
Singhania was quoted by the news agency as saying that I discussed the matter in detail with the Sports Minister. I have requested them to validate the negative report of their RT-PCR test of 72 hours before instead of having 14 days quarantine for the players coming into the country.

Tournament is an important Olympic qualifier
He said that the India Open is an important Olympic qualifier and it is even more important for the shuttlers who have not yet confirmed their place in the Olympics. In such a situation, relaxation of quarantine rules will allow players to participate in the tournament easily.
He hoped that the BAI and the Government of India would take some important decisions soon, so that security could be organized successfully in the country keeping in mind the security from Corona.

This year’s tournament was postponed
until the India Open in 2020 was postponed until December due to Corona. It was later canceled by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The international calendar of badminton has been affected due to Corona.

Denmark Open was held between Corona, followed
by the All England Championship in March, followed by Denmark Open Super 750 in September. Apart from this, all international tournaments between Corona this year have been postponed or canceled. Kidambi Srikanth participated in the Denmark Open on behalf of India.

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