The India Open Super 500, one of the last three qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics, was postponed Monday due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The $ 400,000 Indian Open was to be held behind closed doors in the national capital from May 11-16.
“Given the current challenges, BAI has no choice but to announce the postponement of the tournament for the time being,” Secretary General of the Indian Badminton Association (BAI) Ajay Singhania said at a virtual press conference.
“Several rounds of discussions were held with the BWF, as well as with the Delhi government and other stakeholders, and on access to the safety of the players and officials that BAI had to make that decision.”
In the last 24 hours, India reported 2.73,810 new positive cases, with the highest one-day jump taking the workload in the country above the 1.5 crore mark. In the last 24 hours, 1,619 people have succumbed to the disease.
Delhi emerged as the worst affected city with 25,462 cases reported on Sunday.
Given the difficult situation, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a six-day lock, starting tonight until next Monday.
As the number of COVID-19 cases increased, many of the best players, including Olympic champion Carolina Marin, former world champion Ratchanok Intanon and the duo duo Anders Antonsen and Rasmus Gemke, withdrew from the Olympic standings.
“We were attended by 228 players and nearly 300 people who came together, including coaches, support staff and officials, and the circumstances are such that the 2021 edition of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open looks like a very risky business for now,” Singhania said. .
The latest edition of the India Open was also canceled after it was initially postponed from March to December.
The Syed Modi Super 300 event, scheduled for November 17-22, has also been canceled in the revised calendar.