The Badminton Olympic qualification will resume in 2021 and the existing points earned will be retained. The cancelled tournaments from 2020 will be completed in the first 17 weeks of the year.
While BWF went ahead to announce 22 tournaments in 5 months from August to December, shuttlers were left scratching their heads about how they were going to resume blitzing around the world.
Sports authority’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) allows restricted training but athletes across sports are not ready to return just yet.
The BWF unveiled a revised international calendar to salvage the remainder of the season, but it received widespread criticism from shuttlers like Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap, and B Sai Praneeth.
The World Tour Super 500 tournament, originally scheduled to be held in New Delhi from March 24-29, will now take place from December 8 to 13, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a release.
In January this year, BWF had approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks at sanctioned international tournaments of all levels from 2021.
Gopichand believes segregating the players on the basis of their respective formats -- singles and doubles -- and then conducting tournaments in three different countries simultaneously is an option.
PV Sindhu believes foreign coaches would be difficult to hire in a post-Covid-19 world, presenting former India internationals the opportunity to step forward and fill in the void.
The BWF World Championships, which is usually played in August, will be held in the same calendar year as the Olympics for the first time ever.
The biennial international tournament, originally scheduled to take place from May 16-24, had been postponed to Aug 15-23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pullela Gopichand made the assertion while addressing a special online session organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for its newly-appointed Assistant Directors.
The BWF had last week sent a letter to BAI, asking it for a slot to conduct the India Open Super 500 tournament, which was suspended last month due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The 18-year-old Lakshya Sen was in sensational form in the senior circuit as he claimed five titles, including two BWF World Tour Super 100 top honours — SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open.
The campaign provides a platform for players to express their love and respect for badminton by advocating and committing to clean and honest play.
Sameer Verma feels that the coronavirus-forced break is an opportunity to fix mental weakness and that a six-week training regime should be good enough to regain match-fitness after normalcy returns.
Gopichand, who recently completed his three-week isolation after coming from All England Championships in UK, said sports will be a part of this global meltdown but urged people to fight it with positivity.
"We should find fun in whatever we are doing right now in everyday life, things which we have not been able to do all these years in our professional careers," said HS Prannoy.
The BWF said it will take time to decide on the process of unfreezing the world rankings as it will depend on how the international calendar looks once things improve.
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BWF's decision to conduct the Super 1000 tournament in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic came for sharp criticism from the top shuttlers of the world, including India's Saina Nehwal.