“Will continue to pursue every opportunity”, BAI General Secretary asks Malaysian authorities to allow the Indian players as a special case in the tournament

BAI General Secretary asked both the authorities from Malaysia and Singapore to allow the Indian players as they both have been banned from entering the two countries.

Indian Badminton team was compelled to withdraw from the Malaysia Super 750 tournament after surging in COVID cases in India. However, the General Secretary of the Badminton Association Of India (BAI), Ajay Singhania has asked the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to allow the Indian players to participate as a special case in the tournament.

BAI General Secretary asked both the authorities from Malaysia and Singapore to allow the Indian players as they have been banned from entering the two countries. Singhania asked both countries to consider the Olympic qualifications of the players who would be put at risk. Srikanth Kidambi and Saina Nehwal are two such players .

On Thursday, after the decision of withdrawal came out, the BAI came out on their social media handles and addressed the requests made by Ajay Singhania to the authorities and also to the Badminton World Federation (BWF).  He also mentioned that BAI would look to consider every single opportunity in order to send their players.

Now, the decision relies on the BWF and BAM to allow or restrict the players from participating in the tournament.

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