I'll begin the season from January with the Asian Tour: Saina Nehwal

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Star Indian badminton couple Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on Tuesday pulled out of the Denmark Open Super 750 event, which is able to restart the worldwide calendar at Odense from October 13.

The BWF World Tour was shut down following the completion of the All England Championships in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I withdrew from Denmark Open. I decided that I will start the season from January only with the Asian tour,” Saina, the London Olympics bronze-medallist, advised PTI.

The husband-wife duo had earlier despatched their entries for the USD 750,000 event and likewise submitted their consent letter to the Badminton Association of India (BAI) last month for a similar.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) postponed the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals (Oct 3-11), three occasions in Asia (in November) to 2021 and likewise cancelled the Denmark Masters (Oct 20-25).

The Denmark Open is thus the one World Tour occasion scheduled to be held within the the rest of the season.

Asked if she has any health issues, Saina, a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, stated: “There is no injury issue but if three tournaments were there it would have made sense… I thought directly from January, I can go for the Asian tour.” The withdrawal of former world no.1 Saina, one of many Olympic hopefuls for subsequent yr’s Tokyo Games, means there can be no Indian participation within the girls’s singles occasion at Odense as world champion P V Sindhu has already pulled out.

Kashyap, at present ranked world No.24, additionally determined to skip the occasion for related causes.

“I too feel it is not worth the risk to go all the way for one tournament. It is better to start the season afresh participating in the Asia leg from January,” the London Games quarterfinalist stated.

According to the adjusted worldwide calender, Badminton World Federation had deliberate to host three back-to-back occasions in Denmark — Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, Denmark Open and Denmark Masters.

This was to be adopted by three successive occasions in Asia, together with the World Tour Finals.

However, BWF determined to postpone the Thomas and Uber Cup to 2021 after prime groups withdrew because of COVID-19 pandemic and likewise cancelled the Denmark Masters.

The apex body additionally deferred the Asia leg to January because of the present circumstances. Former world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth, younger Lakshya Sen, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey are the one Indians who will compete within the Denmark Open.

[Attribution HT.]

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