22 events in 5 months! Indian shuttlers miffed at BWF’s new tournament calender

India Open from December 8 to 13; Hyderabad Open from August 11 to 16 and Syed Modi International from November 17 to 22

GUWAHATI: The India Open Super 500 will be held from December 8 – 13 later this year, Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced in its newly scheduled calendar for remaining 2020 events.

The tournament scheduled for March 24-29 at New Delhi, had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic situation.

The BWF on Friday revealed the revised list of all other tournaments for rest of the 2020 season which were disrupted due to the pandemic.

The all-important India Open will be held after the Hyderabad Open from August 11 to 16 and the Syed Modi International from November 17 to 22.

About eight tournaments were rescheduled and were given new dates in the revised addition.

BWF Secretary, General Thomas Lund, however said, “It has been a difficult task to plan for badminton's return. It is a condensed calendar but we are confident this provides the framework to allow us to start again when it is safe and logistically possible.”

“At this point in time, it is difficult to predict when international movement and entry restrictions will be lifted by individual countries and territories, but we will not resume competition unless it is absolutely clear that it is safe to do so.”

The Federation also assured that health and safety of the players will be their top-most priority and also mentioned that they were working on a model to freeze the world ranking.

Meanwhile, ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap raised concern on BWF’s hectic rescheduling of events.

Taking to Twitter, the shuttler said, “22 events in 5 months . Ok . Firstly , practice hasn’t begun yet. @hkvittinghus @ViktorAxelsen @NSaina @PRANNOYHSPRI @janojorgensen @CarolinaMarin @srikidambi @saiprneeth92 . Your thoughts guys ??”

Responding to Kashyap’s tweet, another top Shuttler HS Prannoy also sarcastically wrote, “Good job BWF.” Sai Praneeth also took a jibe at the world body.