Denmark Open 2020: Players to partake at their own risk, BAI asks to provide written consent

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While the Badminton World Federation (BWF) decided to postpone the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals to next year, the subsequent DANISA Denmark Open 2020, scheduled from October 13th to 18th in Odense will go ahead as planned. Now the catch is, all participating shutters need to provide written consent to take part in the event, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced.

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The 2020 Thomas and Uber Cup was marked as the return of badminton after months of halt amid the pandemic. Unfortunately, due to multiple teams opting to drop out of the prestigious tournament on COVID woes, BWF decided to push it back to next year.

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The postponement of Thomas and Uber Cup was met with mixed reactions. While BAI themselves supported BWF’s decision, former coach Vimal Kumar termed it as a ‘setback’ for badminton.

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Shuttlers to send written consent to BAI before joining Denmark Open

With a green signal from BWF for Denmark Open, the shuttling stalwarts of the country such as PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi are expected to fly to Odense next month. However, they have to do so at their own risk, as BAI has stated via email.

“The Danisa Denmark Open 2020 will be going on as per BWF schedule from October 13-18. Since BWF has shown their inability to organise the Thomas & Uber Cup at present due to Covid-19 and the present circumstances in Europe, it is hereby decided that players who have entered in the Danisa Denmark Open 2020 will be travelling / participating at their own responsibility due to the current pandemic,” the email from BAI read.

In addition to that, BAI has asked a written consent from the players. It was also stated that no response would mean that a shuttler has chosen not to take part in the tournament.

“In case no communication is received in the stipulated time, we will understand that you are not willing to participate in the Danisa Denmark Open 2020,” the email added.

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