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There was a clamour for freezing the world rankings with Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy leading the way in expressing their concerns
India is currently in the midst of a 21-day lockdown to fight COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed close to 25,000 lives globally and the number of positive cases is steadily increasing in our country.
BWF's decision to conduct the All England Championships in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic came for sharp criticism from the top shuttlers of the world, including India's Saina Nehwal.
The coronavirus, which has infected more than 4,00,000 people worldwide, has brought all sporting activities across the globe to a grinding halt, disrupting the Olympic qualifiers before pushing the Tokyo Games to next year.
With the coronavirus wreaking havoc, BAI had earlier put the Senior National Badminton Championships on hold and asked all state secretaries not to book their tickets for Lucknow
There have been growing calls to freeze the world rankings after cancellations and postponements wrecked the sport's calendar, thanks to coronavirus pandemic
The BWF took the decision after "consultation and consensus" with tournament hosts Badminton Denmark. The tournament is now scheduled for August 15-23 in Aarhus, Denmark.
Parupalli Kashyap and his wife and star shuttler Saina Nehwal, who was chasing a berth at the Tokyo Olympics, had earlier suggested that the qualification period for the Games be extended in the light of tournaments getting cancelled due to coronavirus
Former top 10 player HK Vittinghus of Denmark on Friday shared a Taiwanese media report that a 10-year-old sports student, who was at the All England Championship, was diagnosed positive for COVID-19