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Sep 16 2020


Mixed reactions in India to Thomas, Uber Cups deferred

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

The decision by Badminton World Federation (BWF) to defer Thomas and Uber Cups sparked mixed reactions in India. Twice postponed, the cups were scheduled from October 3-11 in Denmark before being moved to 2021.

 

 

 

Subhankar Dey and national selector U Vimal Kumar criticised the decision but HS Prannoy, Saina Nehwal and Chirag Shetty said BWF were right in rescheduling after a number of countries, including powerhouses Indonesia and South Korea, had pulled out due to Covid-19.India’s participation had faced trouble after PV Sindhu, Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, B Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma and Sourabh Verma had pulled out. Later, Sindhu agreed to play at Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma’s insistence.

 

 

 

 

Prannoy and the Verma brothers had said they weren’t keen on travelling to Hyderabad for the preparatory camp which was eventually cancelled after some players refused to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) prepared by Sports Authority of India. To that, BAI had reacted by saying entries of players refusing to represent India without a valid reason would not be sent for tournaments.

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