With the international badminton calendar still no coach from India between stonewalling and rescheduling Pullela Gopichand On Wednesday, there is a slight lag from the players to start training. Badminton World Federation (BWF) The Thomas and Uber Cup were forced to postpone after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the withdrawal by several teams. The tournament was expected to resume international badminton after a halt in March due to the dreaded virus.
The world body also canceled the Denmark Masters 2020 scheduled from 20 to 25 October.
“I believe that our players are not relying on the fact that our badminton calendar is going to start very soon,” Gopichand said during a webinar organized by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
“So there is a slight gap between the players staying together and training,” he said.
Recently, Indian shuttlers had refused to comply with the Sports Authority of India’s quarantine norms, which led to the cancellation of a training camp for Thomas and the Uber Cup.
However, Gopichand feels that lack of training is not a concern Players will get back to work Once they start participating in international events.
“In all likelihood, the Danish Open will take place and once it starts players will do more work,” he said.
Gopichand said that the epidemic has affected the players in various ways and some of them have made good use of their time.
“For some players, this is good because they are making good use of Pandemic, I wouldn’t say for everyone because some of the players who start training are not in the best shape they can be.”
Sports activities have resumed around the world, with large events such as the US Open, Formula 1 races, international football and cricket successfully held in the safety of bio-safe bubbles.
“The first two months, maybe it was a rest, recovery, the next two-three were about to start practice but now is the time to start preparing for the future,” he said.
Gopichand, who took over the reigns of Indian badminton in 2006, said the country should adapt to the situation and start a league in which top players compete with each other in a bio bubble, a solution to be on par with international athletes. Can.
“Games have started all over the world and that means we need to start as well because we don’t want to be behind. It means that we need to do the same kind of tournaments in a country like ours. Used. Can go, is not possible. “
“But a league among the top players, it is possible. So, if you are willing to quickly divide players in our country according to your level and start competing, this is a very quick way to make those bubbles. “
“Bubbles and other sports have shown that it is possible to ensure that people can compete and players want to compete,” Gopichand said.
The 46-year-old said the break from the game is bound to affect juniors more as the Olympic players will be able to capitalize on this extra time to prepare for the 2021 Games.
“My concern is not for Olympic-bound, but for under-13, 14 or 19-year-olds. There is a six-eight-month break break. So my concern is more for them. For Olympic-bound players. Only Take time to prepare better for the Olympics. “
AFI President Adile Sumariwala echoed Gopichand’s views on the Olympic-bound.
“A year’s moratorium has probably helped us in a way. Now they will get another year of training. I think we will do better.”
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