Printed: August 7, 2020 5:24:11 pm
Cautious of the Covid-19 menace, Olympic hopefuls Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will wait for an additional couple of weeks earlier than deciding on becoming a member of the nationwide badminton camp, which resumed in Hyderabad on Friday. The boys’s doubles pair is at the moment aside with Shetty at his house in Mumbai and Rankireddy lodged at his base in Amalapuram in Andhra Pradesh.
“It’s nice to listen to that the coaching camp has resumed however we must watch for a few weeks earlier than we take a name on becoming a member of the camp,” the 23-year-old Shetty, who alongwith Rankireddy received the Thailand Open and completed runners-up on the French Open final 12 months, informed PTI.
World champion PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and N Sikki Reddy had been among the many handful who hit the courts for coaching below strict security protocols on the SAI Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.
This was after the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) determined to renew the nationwide badminton camp for the eight Olympic hopefuls following Telangana authorities’s approval on August 1.
Shetty stated the coronavirus menace is actual and he wouldn’t really feel secure travelling at this level. Rankireddy is predicated nearer to Hyderabad, which is simply over 450km from his house city.
“COVID instances are nonetheless growing on a regular basis and our households are naturally a bit nervous. Travelling throughout this instances will not be secure. Additionally I’m not certain in regards to the quarantine guidelines of Hyderabad, if we should be in self-isolation for 2 weeks or extra,” Shetty stated.
India have registered over 20 lakh COVID-19 instances with greater than 41500 deaths.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) had shut down the world tour and different sanctioned tournaments following the completion of the All-England in March as a result of international well being disaster.
The governing physique later unveiled a revised worldwide calendar in Could however no event has been doable to this point with 4 extra occasions scheduled in September being cancelled not too long ago.
“There may be additionally uncertainty in regards to the worldwide circuit with so many occasions being cancelled. We don’t know if the calender will begin in October,” Shetty stated.
“Additionally, India is without doubt one of the most affected nations proper now so even when the circuit resumes, whether or not we will likely be given entry to the host international locations, what number of days of quarantine we have now to undergo, these are all necessary questions,” he reasoned.
The Indian shuttlers have been confined to their houses since March when the COVID-19 pandemic halted all sports activities, together with badminton, throughout the globe with even the Tokyo Olympics being pushed to subsequent 12 months.
Apart from Shetty and Rankireddy, girls’s doubles participant Ashwini Ponappa and former world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth are additionally but to return to Hyderabad to affix the camp, which was earlier deliberate from July 1.
Sikki stated Ashwini are more likely to take part solely after there may be sufficient readability in regards to the worldwide calender.
“There isn’t any level for her to return now as there is no such thing as a readability about tournaments and likewise the quarantine guidelines,” Sikki stated.
The 27-year-old Srikanth, who stays in Guntur, is more likely to begin attending the camp subsequent week.
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