The Latest: Thailand withdraws from Thomas and Uber Cups

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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The Thai badminton federation says it has withdrawn from the Thomas and Uber Cups after high-profile players pulled out because of concerns regarding COVID-19.

The federation says the absences of former world champion Ratchanok Intanon, No. 3-ranked mixed doubles pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai and others meant the country couldn’t field a team in the Oct. 3-11 world teams event in Denmark.

Thailand badminton federation president Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul says “player safety and health has always been our priority concern. We respect the players’ decision.”

The Badminton World Federation said last month the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals would go ahead in Aarhus, Denmark, despite an overhaul of the tournament calendar following the shuttering of international competition during the coronavirus pandemic.

The BWF said international participants would not be required to undergo quarantine upon

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PV Sindhu withdraws from Thomas and Uber Cup

Elwanda Tulloch

Not only India but the whole world is dealing with the pandemic. It has had its effect on every region of the country. Meanwhile, PV Sindhu, India’s top badminton player, will not participate in the Thomas and Uber Championship. Sindhu’s father informed the media about it. Sindhu has informed the Badminton Association of India about withdrawing from the competitions to be played in Aarhus, Denmark from 3 to 11 October.

Sindhu, who returned from the tournament after the break due to the pandemic, is practising at the Sports Center of India Sports Authority alongside Kidambi Srikanth, B. Sai Praneeth and N. Sikki under the leadership of National Coach Pullela Gopichand, Korean Coach Park Tai-Sang. While Saina Nehwal, Satvik Sairaj Reddy, Chirag Shetty and Ashwini Ponnappa are not participating in this national camp.

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