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Friday, May 29, 2020


Cancelled Badminton Olympic qualification tournaments rescheduled for first 17 weeks of 2021

May 28, 2020 8:13:15 am

The Badminton Olympic qualification will resume in 2021 and the existing points earned will be retained. The cancelled tournaments from 2020 will be completed in the first 17 weeks of the year.

22 BWF tournaments in five months leave players shocked

May 23, 2020 1:23:50 pm

While BWF went ahead to announce 22 tournaments in 5 months from August to December, shuttlers were left scratching their heads about how they were going to resume blitzing around the world.

Shuttlers play the waiting game as boxers, shooters remain reluctant

May 23, 2020 1:23:40 pm

Sports authority’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) allows restricted training but athletes across sports are not ready to return just yet.

‘Stupid, crammed, puts players at injury risk’: BWF’s revised calendar receives flak

May 23, 2020 12:13:23 am

The BWF unveiled a revised international calendar to salvage the remainder of the season, but it received widespread criticism from shuttlers like Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap, and B Sai Praneeth.

India Open to be held in December, BWF announces revamped calendar

May 23, 2020 8:10:06 am

The World Tour Super 500 tournament, originally scheduled to be held in New Delhi from March 24-29, will now take place from December 8 to 13, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a release.

BWF unlikely to introduce synthetic shuttlecocks next year

May 15, 2020 5:14:37 pm

In January this year, BWF had approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks at sanctioned international tournaments of all levels from 2021.

‘Have more tournaments at one venue, do something radical’: P Gopichand to BWF

May 11, 2020 6:38:53 pm

Gopichand believes segregating the players on the basis of their respective formats -- singles and doubles -- and then conducting tournaments in three different countries simultaneously is an option.

Former Indian players can double up as coaches: PV Sindhu

May 5, 2020 6:57:11 pm

PV Sindhu believes foreign coaches would be difficult to hire in a post-Covid-19 world, presenting former India internationals the opportunity to step forward and fill in the void.

BWF World Championships rescheduled to end of 2021

May 1, 2020 4:46:36 pm

The BWF World Championships, which is usually played in August, will be held in the same calendar year as the Olympics for the first time ever.

Thomas and Uber Cup finals postponed to October

April 29, 2020 3:49:04 pm

The biennial international tournament, originally scheduled to take place from May 16-24, had been postponed to Aug 15-23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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P Gopichand all for funding groups rather than individuals ‘to create champions’

April 28, 2020 7:58:18 pm

Pullela Gopichand made the assertion while addressing a special online session organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for its newly-appointed Assistant Directors.

BAI ready to host India Open in December-January; BWF suspends US Open

April 28, 2020 5:57:14 pm

The BWF had last week sent a letter to BAI, asking it for a slot to conduct the India Open Super 500 tournament, which was suspended last month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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‘I was on course for top-15’: Lakshya Sen counts losses amid Covid-19 lockdown

April 27, 2020 6:31:58 pm

The 18-year-old Lakshya Sen was in sensational form in the senior circuit as he claimed five titles, including two BWF World Tour Super 100 top honours — SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open.

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BWF names PV Sindhu ambassador for its ‘I am badminton’ campaign

April 22, 2020 4:07:20 pm

The campaign provides a platform for players to express their love and respect for badminton by advocating and committing to clean and honest play.

‘Covid-19 has taught us that we should not tinker with nature’: Sameer Verma

April 20, 2020 5:35:49 pm

Sameer Verma feels that the coronavirus-forced break is an opportunity to fix mental weakness and that a six-week training regime should be good enough to regain match-fitness after normalcy returns.

Take this break as a bitter pill, find ways to stay physically, mentally fit: Pullela Gopichand

April 7, 2020 7:18:48 pm

Gopichand, who recently completed his three-week isolation after coming from All England Championships in UK, said sports will be a part of this global meltdown but urged people to fight it with positivity.

‘Things are looking bleak, might hurt players financially and mentally’: HS Prannoy

April 2, 2020 4:22:58 pm

"We should find fun in whatever we are doing right now in everyday life, things which we have not been able to do all these years in our professional careers," said HS Prannoy.

BWF freezes rankings until further notice, seeks alternatives for 2021 Worlds

April 1, 2020 8:19:33 am

The BWF said it will take time to decide on the process of unfreezing the world rankings as it will depend on how the international calendar looks once things improve.

‘People are dying, life comes first’

People are dying, life comes first: PV Sindhu

March 28, 2020 9:16:37 am

PV Sindhu talks about her life in self-quarantine, and why sport is trivial in these testing times

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Disappointing to see members speculating about our sincerity and motives: BWF

March 27, 2020 5:37:12 pm

BWF's decision to conduct the Super 1000 tournament in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic came for sharp criticism from the top shuttlers of the world, including India's Saina Nehwal.