Badminton Association of India (BAI) is planning to organise training camp in Hyderabad from July 1 after getting permission from the Telangana state government.
“The pandemic has put a brake on our training but after weighing the situation, we have decided to start the training camps in Hyderabad from 1 July, subject to state government’s permission and approval,” BAI secretary Ajay Singhania said.
BAI had also decided to not resume the domestic tournament till September. In September situation will be further reviewed before organising the domestic tournament.
“BAI discussed with all state secretaries on the status of resuming the domestic tournaments and after consultations, it was decided that domestic tournaments will not resume till September. The pandemic situation will be further accessed and reviewed in September,” Singhania said.
In March, the BAI postponed the Senior National Championships, scheduled in Lucknow between 27 April to 3 May, in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also in February, BAI had announced the introduction of a multi-level domestic tournament structure, which will have also put on hold.
Out of four international tournaments that the country was scheduled to host this year, the Hyderabad Open Super 100 (August 11-16) and India Junior International Grand Prix (August 4-9) have been cancelled so far. While India Open Super 500, scheduled in March will be held from December 8-13 in a revamped BWF calendar.
The international circuit was shut down after the completion of the All England Championships in March. Last month, the BWF announced a new 2020 tournament calendar with the World Tour set to return with the Taipei Open from 1 September.