Players question cramped schedule

Hyderabad Open to be held in August as BWF announced revised calendar

By Author  |  Published: 22nd May 2020  7:39 pmUpdated: 22nd May 2020  8:08 pm
Parupalli Kashyap
File photo of Indian singles player Parupalli Kashyap

Hyderabad: Soon after Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced the revamped scheduled for the remainder of the year, accommodating 22 tournaments in the span of five months, Indian shuttlers took to twitter to show their displeasure regarding the cramped schedule.

Indian singles player Parupalli Kashyap started the debate tagging Viktor Axelsen, wife Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy, Carolina Marin, Srikanth Kidambi, B Sai Praneeth and Jan O Jorgensen saying “22 events in 5months Ok. Firstly, practice hasn’t begun yet. Your thought guys?”
He further tweeted, “5 months of non-stop travel? Syed Modi event and Indonesia Open on same dates?” London Olympic bronze medallist Saina replied to the tweet saying “22 tournaments in 5 months from August to December 2020.”

Meanwhile, World Championship bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth too showed his displeasure saying, “People are saying to reduce travel and we are doing more travel than before. I wonder how can someone schedule tournaments like this.”

HS Prannoy, joined them tweeting, “Ah could have kept a few more and made it 25 instead. Good job @bwfmedia.”

Earlier in a release from BWF stated, Hyderabad Open, which will be held from August 11 to 16, will mark the start of the new calendar. It will be followed by Syed Modi International from November 17 to 22.

“It has been a difficult task to plan for badminton’s return. It is a condensed calendar but we are confident this provides the framework to allow us to start again when it is safe and logistically possible,” BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said.

“At this point in time, it is difficult to predict when international movement and entry restrictions will be lifted by individual countries and territories, but we will not resume competition unless it is absolutely clear that is safe to do so.”

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