India on Monday pulled out of the Women’s World Team Squash Championship scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 15 to 20 on account of “lack of preparation time” and “uncertainties” about travelling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. SRFI secretary common and former nationwide coach Cyrus Poncha mentioned the choice was taken after consulting with the highest players.
“Due to uncertainties regarding guidelines for the safe travel of our athletes and staff for national & international tournaments (yet to be obtained from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) & Sports Authority of India (SAI)), coupled with lack of preparation time and match readiness of athletes, and after consulting our top players, the SRFI has decided to withdraw from the championship,” he mentioned in a press launch.
The WSF and Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) have been continuously monitoring the situation arising out of the worldwide health disaster.
Considering the August 15 deadline, the SRFI had requested the WSF for an extension for registration which was not given, the launched mentioned.
“The SRFI is also waiting for guidelines from the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) & Sports Authority of India (SAI) for international participation with top priority being safety and security of the players and staff for any international event,” it mentioned.
The coronavirus case tally continues to rise within the nation with Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai — all main squash centres — badly hit by the virus, making resumption of coaching tough.
“As the situation develops and improves, SRFI in consultation with the Sports Ministry and SAI will take necessary steps for resuming sport in the country in compliance with the SOPs that would be brought out along with any further development required for squash,” the governing body mentioned.
The Asian Junior Individual Championship 2020 has additionally been cancelled by the Asian Squash Federation as a result of pandemic. The occasion was scheduled to be held at Qingdao, China in June however was postponed to December earlier than being lastly cancelled.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in sporting occasions throughout the globe being both cancelled or rescheduled. The Tokyo Olympics in Japan was additionally postponed to subsequent yr as a result of dreaded illness.