NEW DELHI: Olympic champion Carolina Marin and World No. 1 Kento Momota will headline a star-studded subject of worldwide shuttlers when the India Open Super 500 occasion is held right here from May 11 to 16, albeit behind closed doors due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
The $400,000 match, one of the previous few qualification occasions for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, has attracted 228 (114 males and 114 girls) entries from 33 completely different nationwide associations, together with China.
However, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) mentioned “due to the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in the country, the tournament will be contested in a bio-secure bubble without spectators and media while implementing strict COVID-19 safety protocols.”
“All the players and officials coming from South Africa, Brazil, Middle East and European countries including UK will be serving a 7-day quarantine period and have to report in the capital city on May 3,” BAI mentioned in a launch.
“… Players and officials from the rest of the world can arrive on May 6 and undergo a 4-day quarantine period.”
On the court docket, three-time world champion Marin will lead the ladies’s singles class together with different Top-10 shuttlers such as Akane Yamaguchi, 2019 world champion PV Sindhu, Korea’s An Se-Young and Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.
India boasts of the biggest contingent with 48 gamers (27 girls and 21 males), whereas Malaysia has fielded the second greatest squad with 26 shuttlers, which incorporates 10 girls and 16 males.
A complete of 10 shuttlers (4 girls and 6 males) from China are additionally half of the members checklist.
Among the boys, two-time world champion Momota, defending champion Viktor Axelson, Anders Antonsen and reigning All England Open champion Zii Jia Lee will be within the fray.
Former World No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi will lead the Indian cost together with B Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap.
India’s males’s doubles problem will be spearheaded by World No. 10 pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, whereas Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will intention for some helpful Olympic qualification factors within the girls’s doubles.
Ponnappa will even accomplice Satwik within the combined doubles class which sees the Japanese pair of Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino main the checklist of six Top-10 combos in fray.
The final date for withdrawal of entry is April 19 whereas the draw will be introduced on April 20.
The governing physique mentioned “Delhi Government will conduct RT-PCR test on arrival on May 3 and 6 as well as on May 9 and 14.
“We are actually completely satisfied to lastly be in a position resume badminton motion. But with the current spike in instances, we have now to be extra cautious,” BAI general secretary of BAI Ajay Singhania said.
“We perceive spectators have been an integral half of our development story however this 12 months regardless of it being an Olympic qualifier and an array of star shuttlers in motion, we have now to take the choice of conducting the match in a bio bubble.”