It would be the Indian shuttlers’ first international tournament after the suspension of the ‘World Tour Calendar’ by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in April. TOI understands that the players have consented to participate and the same has been communicated to the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
Thomas (men’s) and Uber (women’s) Cup Finals will also mark the return of international badminton. The event will be played between October 3-11 in Aarhus. Recently, the BWF announced its revised international calendar and included four tournaments in Denmark and Asia, starting with the ‘Super 750 Denmark Open’, to be played between October 13-18 in Odense.
The Indian players and coaching staff are likely to travel to Aarhus in the third or fourth week of September to undergo the necessary quarantine and will stay in a biosecure bubble during the tournament. The Danish government has already mailed the visa-related documents to BAI for processing
It’s been learned that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will be organising a preparatory camp for the squad members at the Gopichand Academy from September 8. Since the BAI, like all other 56 national sports federations (NSFs), is derecognised by a Delhi high court order, the SAI will be making the arrangements for the camp. The proposal for the camp has internally come from the BAI. Also, it’s been learnt that there will be no selection trials because of the covid-19 situation and a 10-member team each in men’s and women’s categories will be picked based on their current world rankings.
It’s been also learned that men’s singles specialist, Parupalli Kashyap, who had voiced his anger for not being named in the eight-member Olympic probables list by the SAI, will be included in the camp as his current BWF world ranking (25) makes him an automatic choice for selection. However, Kashyap just doesn’t want to be named by the authorities in the Thomas camp, but in the national camp for the Olympic probables till the Tokyo Games.