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New Delhi, September 6, 2020
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has shortlisted 26 shuttlers for the coaching-cum-training camp in preparation for the upcoming Thomas and Uber Cup.
The camp will be held at Pullela Gopichand SAI Badminton Academy in Hyderabad from September 7 to 27.
The Thomas and Uber Cup is scheduled to take place in Aarhus, Denmark from October 3 to 11.
According to a BAI press release, all the players joining the camp will stay and play at the academy itself to thereby ensure greater safety for players and support staff.
Strict implementation of SOP as per the protocol, charted by SAI to create a safety and secured environment amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the players will be followed.
"With most of the players have been out of touch and away from active badminton for more than five months now, it was important to conduct a national camp ahead of the Thomas & Uber Cup, hence it was decided to go ahead with the preparatory camp.
"We are grateful to SAI for helping with the camp and all the support in creating a safe and secure environment for the players and support staffs. This camp will give our shuttlers the much-needed time to get back the required momentum and prepare themselves ahead of the final selection,” BAI Secretary Ajay Singhania said.
The camp will provide a chance for the youngsters also to showcase their potential ahead of the team selection. Men’s category includes Sai Praneeth, P Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth along with Lakshya Sen, Manu Atri, Shubhankar Dey, M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila.
Saina Nehwal will head the women’s singles along with Ashmita Chaliha, Aakarshi Kashyap and Malvika Bansod. Youngsters like Ira Sharma will also be seen training in the camp along with 7 coaches, 4 support staff and 3 sparring partners.
All the players, coaches and support staff will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR test for COVID -19 before they travel to Hyderabad and would only be allowed in the academy after they produce COVID-19-negative certificate.
Once they are at the academy, they will be isolated and tested again on the sixth day of the quarantine and would only be allowed in the field of play once they have cleared the second round of COVID-19 test.
SAI officials will educate players and staff on the process to be followed and necessary precautions to be taken during the course of their stay at the academy, the release added.