In its bid to restart the domestic season under strict COVID-19 protocols after more than a year, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has asked the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to approve a national shuttle camp for the first week of next month.
As per BAI’s proposal, the camp, for both adults and children, will be held in three cities – Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore as per strict COVID-19 protocols.
About 70-75 players will be part of the camp, including top players like Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, N. Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa.
“The local badminton scene as well as the national camp should be resumed if all goes well and the pandemic does not have any adverse impact on lives,” BAI General Secretary Ajay Kumar Singhania said. PTI.
“We have written to the Diwan proposing the camp resume from the first week of August. We are waiting to hear back from them. BAI said last month that it had asked its government units to vaccinate its players and officials to resume the domestic season under strict COVID-19 guidelines.”
According to the BAI guidelines, players over the age of 18, coaches, technical officers, organizing team and staff need to be fully vaccinated and are required to carry their certificates with valid barcodes.
For passengers under the age of 18, it will be mandatory to carry a negative RT-PCR report with a barcode, 96 hours prior to departure from their stations.
The 2021-22 season will begin with senior ranking tournaments, followed by events in the age groups.