Saina, Kashyap, Praneeth lash out at BWF for revamped 2020 calendar
IMAGE: Saina Nehwal and her husband Parupalli Kashyap complained about the tight schedule of the competitions. Photograph: PTI
Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap, Saina Nehwal and Sai Praneeth on Friday lashed out at the revamped tournament calendar announced by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for the remaining 2020 season following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking to Twitter, Kashyap complained about the tight schedule of the competitions and wrote, "22 events in 5 months. Ok. Firstly, practice hasn't begun yet. @hkvittinghus @ViktorAxelsen @NSaina @PRANNOYHSPRI @janojorgensen @CarolinaMarin @srikidambi @saiprneeth92. Your thoughts guys ??"
"I wonder how can someone schedule tournaments like this," Praneeth tweeted.
Kashyap jokingly said, "5 months non stop travel ? @saiprneeth92 @NSaina."
To which Praneeth replied, "Ppl are saying to reduce travel and we are doing more travel than before."
Nehwal, on the other hand, wrote, "5 months non stop travel ... biggest question is what are the international guidelines of travelling during this #coronavirus pandemic??"
She further cited that the tennis body has not announced its calendar or plans till October due to the pandemic. "Tennis didn't even come out with any plan till October," she tweeted.
In the rejigged calendar announced on Friday, 22 competitions are scheduled within a span of five months which will serve as a great threat for the athletes.
The BWF World Tour is scheduled for a return with the Taipei Open 2020 (Super 300) from September 1-6. The badminton's governing body aims to resume the sport with Hyderabad Open 2020 from August 11-16.