PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal to compete for first time since coronavirus break


By: PTI | New Delhi |

December 21, 2020 2:22:52 pm

PV Sindhu will start her marketing campaign with Thailand Open on January 12. (File)

India’s high shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will probably be seen in motion for the first time since the coronavirus-forced break after they compete in three upcoming tournaments in Bangkok, together with the distinguished BWF World Tour Finals.

With Olympic {qualifications} in thoughts, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday introduced a robust eight-member squad to take part within the three upcoming tournaments, scheduled in January.

The workforce, consisting of Olympic-bound shuttlers Sindhu, Saina, B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Ashwini Ponappa, and N Sikki Reddy, will start their marketing campaign with Yonex Thailand Open from January 12-17.

That will probably be adopted by Toyota Thailand Open (January 19-24) and the distinguished HSBC BWF World Tour Finals which is rescheduled for January 27-31.

After the coronavirus outbreak in March disrupted the sporting world leading to cancellation or postponement of plenty of tournaments, this would be the first time that high Indian gamers, other than Srikanth, will function in any worldwide event.

The former World No. 1, Srikanth had made a comeback when he performed the Denmark Open in October.

“We are very happy to see badminton finally getting back on the court. It gives us hope that tournaments can eventually make a steady comeback in near future. Most of our players haven’t played tournaments in the last 7-8 months,” BAI normal secretary Ajay Singhania stated.

“However, they have been training to the best of their abilities at the camp. The purpose of sending a full-strength team in these tournaments so that players can get the much-needed tournament practice ahead of the Olympic qualifiers,” he added.

The workforce may also be accompanied by singles international coaches Agus Dwi Santoso and Park Tae Sang and doubles coach Dwi Kristiawan alongside assist employees consisting of Kiran Challagundla, Johnson, Evangelina Baddam and M Srikanth.

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