India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu might remain as the world champion till 2022! The reason for this unanticipated scenario is due to the fact that the yearly BWF World Championships aren’t conducted in the Olympic year. And with the postponement of the quadrennial games to July 2021, the badminton tournament could be scheduled the year after; giving Sindhu a chance to be the World Champion for three straight years even though she isn’t excited about this development.
The first Indian to claim the world title in 2019, Sindhu was expected to defend it in the 2021 version. But in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the BWF decided to freeze the rankings on March 31. These rankings will now be on the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are played. And now that the Tokyo Games are rescheduled to July 2021; the BWF announced that there aren’t any free slots in their calendar till November next year.
“It’s a good decision that the BWF has decided to freeze the rankings. But you know, the tough decision would be when they would like to restart and when they decide to unfreeze the rankings. That is something they have to really think hard about. Ultimately it would be their decision how to go about it and I am sure they would do everything accordingly,”
“The most important thing for all of us is when would the tournament begin. There were discussions about the Worlds, Olympics were postponed and now we all are waiting for action to start” she said.
The 24-year-old has been in quarantine since her return from the All England Championships on March 15. While her 14-day mandatory quarantine was scheduled to end on March 28, the local authorities asked her to continue the process till 5th April.
“The local police are monitoring us. A couple of days before my quarantine was to end, they extended it to April 5. They took our passports and pasted a sticker on our door. I enquired with my friends who returned from England and it’s the same routine for all of us,”
“I am training at home and my dad is there to guide me. My trainer also has given me some drills. Since there’s a lockdown for 21 days, it’s all about staying fit at home. I am spending time with my family and getting to learn new things. Non-stop badminton and travelling had deprived me of spending time at home. Now it’s a nice feeling to be with the family” Sindhu added.
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