The former world no. 1 Indian was no match for Lee, the reigning All England champion, going down 19-21 14-21 in 37 minutes to end his campaign
As many as 40 shuttlers, including two-time world champion Kento Momota, got injured since the international calender resumed with the Sudirman Cup in Finland in September this year following a break forced by the COVID-19 pandemic
The BWF Council shortlisted the Indian legend based on the award commission’s recommendation. Badminton Association of India (BAI) had submitted his name for this award.
Zhu Jun Hao fixed the outcome of a match in 2019 by intentionally losing the first game, while Zhang Bin Rong bet on matches on 36 occasions at tournaments in China, Switzerland and France in 2019, the BWF said.
BWF adds Odisha Open to 2022 calendar, India to host 3 back-to-back badminton tournaments in January
The India Open Super 500, which was cancelled in 2020 as well as this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be the first tournament of 2022, scheduled from 11 to 16 January.
Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat says he learnt to stay calm under pressure from Sachin Tendulkar
The 33-year-old Indian, who had contracted polio when he was four years old, showed great mental fortitude as he recovered from an eight-point deficit in the second game to come up trumps against his opponent.
The tournament was scheduled to be held in Lucknow from 12 to 17 October.
The Taipei Open was scheduled to be held from 7 to 12 September at Taipei City.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund promises 'highest level' of badminton at Games
The Olympics, delayed from last year due to the virus, will take place under strict rules, with overseas fans banned and local spectators limited.
The Indonesian doubles player had won the 2008 Olympic gold medal, 2006 World Cup and 2007 World Championships titles with Hendra Setiawan.
Battling injuries and indifferent form, Saina, 31, couldn't make her fourth Olympics after the sport's governing body, BWF, cancelled the last three qualifiers due to the pandemic.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Inconsistency cost Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth more than cancellation of qualifying events
Would it be right to just blame the cancellation of tournaments for Saina and Srikanth missing out on Tokyo participation? And the answer would be an emphatic No.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal's qualification hopes end as BWF says no further events till Games
Former world no 1 Srikanth and London Games bronze-medallist Saina's hopes were all but dashed when the last of the Olympic qualifiers in Singapore was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sarma, who is also the Vice President of Badminton Asia, got 236 votes as 31 members contested for 20 places in the Council at the virtual AGM and election of the sport's global governing body.
The 11x5 system, which was criticised by players and coaches alike, couldn't gather enough votes in last year's AGM too.
There is no doubt that badminton’s journey towards becoming a professional sport has been hindered by the amateur mindset of the administrators
Tokyo Olympics 2020: After year ravaged by COVID-19, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty working on Plan B
From Satwik contracting COVID-19 to Chirag Shetty losing his grandfather to the virus, the past year has been a testing time for India's top men's doubles pairing. With a new coach in Mathias Boe guiding them, the pair are looking to make an impact at Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Several proposals from member associations will be discussed during the AGM, the most important being a joint proposal from Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives, and seconded by Badminton Asia, to "amend the Laws of Badminton relating to the Scoring System."
"The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and complications left local organisers no choice but to cancel the tournaments," a BWF statement read.
Orleans Masters 2021: Indian woman shuttler withdraws after member of entourage tests positive for COVID-19
In a statement, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said that a total of three players have been withdrawn from the event which began with the qualifiers.