Flight bans: BAI draws up plans for qualifying events

With journey restrictions looming over the past two Olympic qualifying tournaments, Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) has reached out to associated authorities to clarify the exact legal guidelines for Indians “to go to these international locations”.

Participation on the Malaysia Open (Might 25-30) and Singapore Open (June 1-6) for Indians was uncertain after these two worldwide places, amongst many, banned the entry of Indians following the massive ongoing surge in Covid-19 situations.

Malaysia imposed a brief lived journey ban on Indians from April 28 onwards. “All travellers who started from any Indian vacation spot, be it by way of direct or transit flights, are barred from coming into Malaysia,” Malaysia’s Senior Minister (Safety) Ismail Sabri Yaakob had acknowledged earlier this week.

As well as, there’s a two-week quarantine in Malaysia, meaning players ought to attain Kuala Lumpur by Might 10. “We have now reached out to the Malaysian federation to grasp if there are any up to date quarantine guidelines that might be imposed on Indian gamers,” BAI acknowledged in an announcement on Thursday.

With the current restrictions, Indians received’t have the ability to take direct flights to Malaysia. “We have now checked for by way of routes and the alternate options are both from Sri Lanka or from Doha. Indian shuttlers are most definitely to journey by way of Qatar,” the assertion added.

Singapore moreover imposed a journey ban on Indians April 24 onwards. At the moment for Indians to enter Singapore, they must be in quarantine overseas for 14 days. Alternatively, all players ought to endure a three-week quarantine in Singapore.

Journey paperwork have already been submitted for the Olympic probables – PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth, Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy – for visas. “Although there’s a ban on the difficulty of visa for Indians aside from sports activities associated journey actions, visa is out there on sure phrases and situations,” BAI added.

With June 15 as a result of the deadline for qualifying for Tokyo, these two tournaments are important for Indians hoping to qualify, notably for former world No.1 players Saina and Srikanth.

At the moment twenty second throughout the Race to Tokyo rankings, Saina is on robust flooring as she seeks to qualify for her fourth Olympics. The 31-year-old – the first Indian to win an Olympic badminton medal with bronze on the 2012 London Gamesh – ought to finish the qualifying interval throughout the excessive 16 to qualify behind Sindhu, who’s No.7 throughout the report.

Quarterfinalist at Rio 2016 and at No.20 behind Praneeth (No.13) in Race to Tokyo, Srikanth has some catching as much as do to make the very best 16.

As of now solely Sindhu, Sai Praneeth and the doubles pair of Shetty and Rankireddy are roughly confirmed for Tokyo. The players had pinned their hopes intently on the India Open in Delhi (Might 11-16), nonetheless its cancellation as a consequence of Covid-19 has left their hopes hanging.

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