Seven Indian badminton players have pulled out of the Birmingham tournament over coronavirus fears.
Those seeking for Olympic qualification like Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth are scheduled to travel as of now, as are PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth, whose qualification isn't under threat.
BWF, with a chunk of its top players coming from east Asian countries, is currently trying to salvage its European spring swing of events including the All England and Swiss Open.
Saina Nehwal, the London Olympic bronze medallist, is currently lying at 22nd in Race to Tokyo list and need a rapid rise in the rankings to qualify for the Games.
With German Open cancelled and the outbreak threatening to disrupt even more tournaments upto cutoff of April 30th, precious qualifications are on the line.
Experienced Indonesian coach Agus Dwi Santoso will be assisting India's singles badminton players, including Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu, from next month as they prepare for the Tokyo Games later this year.
“I was in the Top 20 in 2017 when I got injured. Ever since my comeback after an eight-month hiatus, I've had to fund myself entirely for all international tournaments, let alone training and other expenses,” said Ajay Jayaram.
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N Sikki Reddy also endured a difficult day as she lost both the mixed doubles and women's doubles to bow out of the competition.
Playing freely and erring very little, the 20-year-old Lakshya Sen recorded a stunning 21-18, 22-20 win over the Indonesian Jonatan Christie at Asia Team Championships, the biggest of his career.
Indian men's badminton team went down fighting 2-3 to two-time defending champions Indonesia in the semifinals to settle for a bronze at the Asia Team Championships.
After star shuttlers lose singles ties against Thailand, Arjun-Kapila, Srikanth-Shetty and Sen rally to take India to Asia Championships semis.
Unfazed by the coronavirus fears, a full-strength Indian men's team is taking part in the championships with an eye on medals, which will give players crucial ranking points in the Olympic year.
Bengaluru Raptors became the first team to successfully defend their title as they defeated North Eastern Warriors 4-2 in the summit clash of the Premier Badminton League in Hyderabad.
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"Badminton is currently the second most popular sport in the country after cricket, the meteoric rise of the sport is courtesy of the medals won by Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu at the Olympics," said Chirag Shetty.
BAI had named a second-string women team for the tournament to be held from February 11 to 16 but a full-strength men's side which features World Championship bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth.
The epidemic has wreaked havoc on the international sporting calendar with a number of tournaments cancelled or postponed.
Organisers made the decision to put off the event, which was scheduled to take place from February 25 to March 1 in Hainan, after a number of players withdrew.