High singles gamers comparable to Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth will lastly resume coaching from Monday because the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) gave its go-ahead to the nationwide badminton camp on the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad beneath strict COVID-19 pointers. The camp, to proceed until September 27, is being organised to assist 26 gamers put together for the Thomas and Uber Cup tournaments, starting in Aarhus, Denmark from October 3. The gamers who will likely be a part of the camp are Nehwal, Sai Praneeth, P Kashyap, Srikanth (all singles), ladies’s doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponappa, together with seven coaches, 4 help workers and three sparring companions. 

Preserving the present scenario of the continued pandemic in thoughts, all gamers, coaches and help workers must endure obligatory RT-PCR check for COVID-19 earlier than they journey to Hyderabad. 

They might solely be allowed within the academy after they produce COVID-19 adverse certificates, the SAI mentioned in a launch. 

“As soon as they’re on the academy they are going to be remoted and examined once more on the sixth day of the quarantine and would solely be allowed within the subject of play as soon as they’ve cleared the second spherical of COVID-19 check,” the SAI mentioned. 

SAI Assistant Director Dr Monika, who has been concerned in organising COVID-19 protocols in SAI Bengaluru for hockey gamers who had examined constructive for the virus, is being despatched to P Gopichand Academy to coach gamers and workers on the processes to be adopted and vital precautions to be taken. 

The SAI mentioned it had held a gathering with all stakeholders on August 27, requesting a proposal on the camp. 

The proposal was acquired on September 5, following which one other assembly was held on Sunday. 

“The preliminary proposal acquired had said that the gamers would reside in a resort. Nevertheless after dialogue, it was determined that the gamers will keep and play on the Pullela Gopichand academy itself, to make sure higher security of gamers amidst the continued Covid 19 pandemic,” the discharge mentioned. 

Talking concerning the resolution, nationwide coach Pullela Gopichand mentioned, “I’m very completely satisfied that SAI and BAI have been proactive in making certain that sporting actions can begin early. I’m completely satisfied this camp is beginning as a result of the Thomas & Uber Cup is a crucial match and I hope we get some good outcomes there.” 


Srikanth welcomed the transfer and mentioned, “I’m completely satisfied to be again to the camp and begin competing once more.” 

Fellow nationwide camper and doubles participant Sikki Reddy added, “Trying on the competitors it’s good to have a crew observe and members of the opposite states current on the camp as we missed coaching in a bunch and coaching in a bunch motivates the gamers to do higher.”

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