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27 Feb, 2020
Ncovid19 – the worldwide pandemic
that is currently wreaking havoc across the globe could well play the
spoilsport with the Olympic aspirations of several badminton stars including –
Kidambi Srikanth and SainaNehwal.
The German Open, expected to commence
in a week’s time, is the first of the high-profile European Circuit tournaments
of the BWF Calendar to be postponed. In a statement released by the governing
body – BWF, said, “The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm the YONEX German
Open 2020 to be staged in Mülheim an der Ruhr next week will no longer take
place on its scheduled dates of 3-8 March.”
The announcement came in the wake of
the advisory from the city of Mülheim.
“No concrete plans or decisions have
been made regarding the immediate future of the tournament other than that it
won’t occur next week.
“BWF and GBA accept the decision
citing the welfare of players, their entourage, fans and officials at the
tournament as the main priority,” the statement added.
In addition to the official
confirmation of the postponement of the German Open, BWF also announced that
the Polish Open is also being postponed.
Corona Virus, that has caused
worldwide disruption following an outbreak in Wuhan, China has already led to
the cancellation and postponement of several East Asian tournaments. The recent
escalation in cases in Italy, continental Europe and the UK means that, now
some of the top rung tournaments could well see postponement, or at worse
The All England in mid-March is the
highest profile of Badminton tournament and, it is now under serious with UK
grappling with new cases now identified and several schools being shut down to
contain the infection.
This couldn’t possibly come at a worse
time as the Olympic Qualifications hitting the home stretch. Kidambi Srikanth
&SainaNehwal need to pick up as many qualification points as possible to
secure their Olympic berths before the window closes in May 2020. Cancellation
or postponement of high-ranking tournaments could well be a crushing blow to
their qualification chances.
Srikanth is currently ranked #21,
with Saina #22 and both need to finish in the top-16 for an automatic
Several tournaments, including the
Badminton Asia Championships, have been severely hit by the Ncovid19, and
leading up to the Olympics in Tokyo – several others could be disrupted. While,
this might be a crushing blow to the aspirations of some of the players and
their Olympic dreams.