Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2021 postponed due to surge in COVID cases

This decision has been taken in the wake of a sudden rise in the COVID-19 cases in New Delhi, and an announcement of the lockdown in the city.

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The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided to postpone the upcoming Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2021. This decision has been taken in the wake of a sudden rise in the COVID-19 cases in New Delhi. There has also been an announcement of a lockdown in the capital. The tournament was scheduled to be held at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi from May 11-16. However, the surge in COVID cases and uncertainty around the pandemic left BAI with no option but to call off the event.

Very Risky Affair

“Considering the current challenges, BAI is left with no option but to announce the postponement of the tournament for the time being. We had an entry of 228 players and close to 300 peoples gathering including coaches, support staff and officials and the circumstances are such that the 2021 edition of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open seems, for now, a very risky affair. Several rounds of discussions were held with BWF as well as the Delhi Government and other stakeholders and accessing the safety of players and officials BAI needed to take this decision,” said Badminton Association of India (BAI) General Secretary Ajay Singhania.

The BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament was classified as one of the few qualification tournaments for the Tokyo Olympics. It had attracted top players including Kento Momota, Victor Axelsen and several other Top-10 players along with representation from 33 countries. The 2021 edition was scheduled to be held in a biosecure bubble. No spectators and media were set to be present.

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