Malaysia Open 2021: India withdraws, but is it feasible to conduct the tournament?

Malaysia has been recording more than 2000 cases in the past few days which puts a risk on the participating players.

India’s surge in COVID-19 cases and travel restrictions in the country have led to the withdrawal of the whole contingent from the Malaysia Open 2021 tournament. But Malaysia too is not the safest country to visit at this point.

Malaysia has been recording more than 2000 cases in the past few days which puts a risk on the participating players. Several players from different countries have been questioning the decision of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on conducting the remaining qualifying tournaments before the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. A Super 750 tournament of the BWF World Tour, it could give enough ranking points to the players who look to make it to the top 16 ( top 8 in doubles).

Very recently, in the European Championships, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark was tested positive before the men’s singles final as a result of which the remaining matches had to be also cancelled, which completely highlights the risks that could be posed at a player.

Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican recently said he was confident the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) can fulfil all Covid-19 protocols required to host the Malaysia Open.

Though many top-ranked players like Kento Momota and Tai Tzu Ying or Carolina Marin will have to be there in Kuala Lumpur within the coming week if they wish to participate in the tournament.

The intervention, however, is yet to come from BWF’s side in terms of conducting or cancelling the tournament as it needs to come out with a decision that is good for all.

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