Saina Nehwal's chances of defending her title at the Commonwealth Games looks bleak as she has decided to skip the selection trials for the upcoming multi-sport events.
The national governing body will also be “finalising probables for the senior core group for the 2024 Olympic Games” during the trials
Pullela Gopichand will also make a foray into BAI administration after being elected as vice president along with Anbumani Ramadoss and nine others.
Pullela Gopichand, one of the most successful coaches of the country, is known to wear multiple hats and it has often drawn him into conflict of interest debate over the years.
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Saina has been seeded first in the women's singles while Parupalli Kashyap is the top seed in men's singles of the tournament to be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium.
National ranking tournaments till March 2022 to be considered as selection events for trials, says BAI
The domestic badminton season will start with two All India senior ranking tournaments in December after a gap of almost 20 months due to the coronavirus pandemic
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The first senior tournament (both men and women) was scheduled to be held from 27 August to 3 September, while the second event was supposed to be staged from 4 to 11 September and would have marked the resumption of the domestic season after a gap of more than one-and-a-half years.
According to the guidelines of the BAI, players above the age of 18, coaches, technical officials, organising team and staff need to be fully vaccinated and are required to carry their certificates with valid barcodes.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Saina Nehwal, Indian shuttlers' qualification hopes in balance due to COVID-19 enforced flight ban
Following the postponement of the India Open (11-16 May), Saina and Srikanth's hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Games hinge on the (25-30 May) Kuala Lumpur event followed by the Singapore Open (1-6 June).
The India Open badminton tournament, slated to be held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi from 11-16 May, has been postponed owing to rising COVID-19 cases in the city, BAI announced on Monday.
In its communications to all affiliated state units, BAI secretary Ajay Kumar Singhania wrote that the prevailing situation has forced them to take such a step.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Olympic silver medallist Mathias Boe to coach Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy ahead of Games
The decision to hire the services of Boe was taken on Friday by the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Mission Olympic Cell under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
Srikanth had tested negative in the mandatory PCR test conducted on Monday and had also returned negative results since arriving in Thailand.
Thailand Open 2021: ‘Withdrawn’, ‘COVID-positive’ Saina Nehwal reinstated; to play first round match on Wednesday evening
After testing positive for COVID-19, Saina Nehwal was told that she, along with husband Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy, would be moved immediately to a hospital, only for her to test negative hours later.
With Olympic qualifications in mind, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday announced a strong eight-member squad to participate in the three upcoming tournaments, scheduled in January.
The federation said that strict action will be taken against its registered players, coaches, or technical staff if they participate in any unauthorised league or tournament in any part of the country.
National Sports Awards 2020: BAI congratulates former and current shuttlers nominated for various awards
Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have been picked for the Arjuna award, while the Dhyan Chand Award will be conferred on former shuttlers Pradeep Gandhe, Trupti Murgunde and Satyaprakash Tiwari, with Gaurav Khanna getting the Dronacharya Award
The men's doubles pair is currently apart with Shetty at his home in Mumbai and Rankireddy lodged at his base in Amalapuram in Andhra Pradesh.
Telangana shuttlers to resume training on 1 July if government allows BAI to organise camp in Hyderabad
With COVID-19 cases surging in Hyderabad, the Telangana government as a precautionary measure extended the lockdown till 30 June but it meant the return to sport got further delayed for the top players in the state.