India Open 2021 gets postponed following rise in COVID-19 cases, BAI gives the confirmation
The tournament is one of the Super 500 events of the BWF World Tour and one of the last qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
Badminton Association of India (BAI) General Secretary Ajay Singhania on Monday announced that the upcoming India Open 2021 has been postponed due to the rise in coronavirus cases in New Delhi. The tournament was supposed to be held behind closed doors but total lockdown in the national capital surely reflected the intensity of the situation reducing the feasibility of holding the tournament.
The tournament got cancelled for the second time after being cancelled in March. The tournament is usually held after the Yonex All England Open every year but it was cancelled in 2020 and has already been postponed twice this year.
“After consulting BWF we have decided to postpone the India Open 2021 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Delhi and a new week-long lockdown which will be in effect from 10 pm today. The situation is not suitable to organise the tournament. It is said that this tournament is getting cancelled for the second time. We are sure that we will host this tournament whenever the situation gets better,” Singhania said at the virtual press conference.
Due to rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, #BAI in consultation with @bwfmedia has decided to postpone #YonexSunriseIndiaOpen2021 tournament. #yonexSunriseIndiaOpen2021#badminton pic.twitter.com/yPqOUbuwEo
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 19, 2021
Badminton World Federation also came up to give the confirmation of the postponement.