On Friday, Korea and Indonesia adopted the lead of Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong and withdrew from the Thomas and Uber Cup, scheduled to be held from October 3-11 in Denmark.
The seven nations cited COVID-19 as the explanation for backing out of the biennial worldwide badminton championship. Japan is anticipated to take the identical determination.
The Thomas Uber Cup, whether it is held, will mark the resumption of worldwide badminton after it was suspended in March. However the newest developments have compelled the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to rethink holding the occasion.
On Sunday night, Former World No 1 and Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal questioned the knowledge of the organisers going forward with the championship in the course of the pandemic.
She questioned whether or not it will be protected to carry the occasion within the current state of affairs.
“Seven countries have withdrawn from tournament cause of the pandemic…Is it safe enough to conduct this tournament during this time ??… (Thomas and Uber Cup 2020) #coronavirus,” Saina requested.
Saina’s tweet has introduced again into focus the security of sportspersons throughout the pandemic.
‘It’s the gamers who make the federations’
The overall opinion is that numerous boards should seek the advice of gamers relating to participation, and gamers have the fitting to decide on whether or not to play or not.
Sunil Yash Kalra, sports activities knowledgeable, feels that gamers’ voices are being neglected, and it’s the gamers who make the federations and never vice-versa.
“Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu are national treasures and it looks like players are not taken into confidence. Badminton Association of India (BAI) cannot bully players to go out there and perform, especially during a pandemic,” says Sunil.
‘Adapting to new normal is key’
With sporting occasions the world over slowly resuming, there’s a rising must adapt to the brand new regular on the earliest, say some others.
What if the vaccine doesn’t come until the tip of 2021? And even past? Asks sportswriter and commentator Ayaz Memon. Citing the instance of IPL 2020 which is being performed with all security precautions, Ayaz feels we can’t wait until a vaccine turns into accessible. Life should go on, in his opinion.
“Players are free to choose to play or not. Moreover, all the players and countries were willing to play IPL, and hence nobody objected. Last month, when West Indies toured England, three players backed off but the team went ahead and played. So it’s ultimately the players’ choice whether to participate or not ,” Ayaz factors out.
Liberty of selection
It’s crucial that gamers are given the freedom of selection, stress but others.
BAI Secretary Ajay Kumar says if sportspersons should not assured of taking part in within the COVID-19 situation, they need to be free to say so.
“Players’ safety comes first, before anything else. We cannot compromise on players’ safety. If a sportsperson isn’t comfortable playing, then why should we put pressure on him or her to go out and play?” he asks.
He reveals that solely after all of the Indian gamers had expressed their willingness to play in writing (to the Chief Nationwide Coach, Pullela Gopichand) have been plans taken ahead.
In the meantime, in line with sources, the BWF is contemplating suspending the Thomas and Uber Cup and is more likely to make an official announcement quickly. Appears to be like just like the BWF has buckled beneath the strain of gamers!
(The choice was pending
by the point the article went for press)