Audiences will not be allowed to come to India Open due to Corona virus effect. Given the corona virus, the India Open Super 500 tournament will be played in the absence of spectators. The virus has killed more than 4000 people worldwide while over one lakh have been infected.
New Delhi. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) said on Wednesday that the India Open Super 500 tournament will be played in the absence of spectators due to the risk of infection of Novel Corona virus. The transition to the Kovid-19 threatens this four-million-dollar tournament, which is an important tournament for the Tokyo Olympic qualification. The virus has killed more than 4000 people worldwide while more than one lakh have been infected.
The BAI and World Badminton Federation (BWF), however, issued a joint statement on Wednesday clarifying that the tournament would be held as per the pre-determined schedule and that precautionary steps would be taken for the smooth conduct of the tournament. “The Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2020 will be held from 24 to 29 March as per the pre-scheduled schedule,” the statement said. “It will take additional precautionary measures keeping in mind the safety of players and officials.” . ”
The organizers have banned entry of people inside the stadium as a precautionary measure. BAI general secretary Ajay K. “India Open will take place at the KD Jadhav Hall of Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium as per the pre-scheduled schedule but to ensure the safety of all, we have decided not to allow any spectators this time,” Singhania said. “In the early days, fans can watch the match on YouTube, while the quarter-finals will feature matches on Hotstar,” he said.
Considering the health threat, the Indian government has canceled regular and e-visas given to citizens of Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan who have not yet entered India, before March 3. The government has also made it mandatory to keep people from South Korea, Italy and Iran isolated for 14 days. According to the consultation, China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal Medical examination has been made mandatory for those coming directly or indirectly from Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan.
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Many players from these countries are involved in the draw of India Open, including Chinese players like Bingjao, Xi Yu Ki and Lin Dan. He has been approved to play in the upcoming BWF World Tour tournament in Europe. The BWF and BAI said that in the last few days after issuing consultations to health officials in India, BAI consulted the experts after which it was decided to host the tournament. The BWF reiterated that it will continue to monitor all official updates regarding the Kovid-19 but at this time there has been no change in its intention to host the HSBC BWF World Tour or other BWF sanctioned tournaments.