“How can someone schedule tournaments like this,” added
Such was the reaction from players, claiming the BWF had not thought over many aspects while preparing this ‘action-filled’ calendar to make up for lost time.
BWF aims to resume the season on August 11 with the
“22 events are going to be impossible,” he reiterated, adding further, “It’s going be very tough for us, especially with the situation. Playing tournaments in general situation becomes impossible and this is way too much over the span of five months.”
Prannoy feels a schedule like this comes at a time when BWF has zero knowledge of what travel regulations will be all over the world. “I am sure even the government of India or the officials would be unaware of what the travelling norms would be by August,” said the only player who has beaten double Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan on three occasions, more than any other Indian.
According to Prannoy, resuming the season with Hyderabad Open, where players from many countries might want to participate, is illogical. “Everyone wants to participate because they’ve been just sitting at home,” he said.
The world No. 28 said, that players from many countries like India, Malaysia and Japan haven’t even started playing yet. “So many countries haven’t started the basic training session,” he said.
He felt the BWF should have known the travelling norms of the countries that are supposed to host and then prepare the calendar. Besides the number of tournaments, Prannoy is surprised with tournament clashes. “We have so many tournaments clashing on the same date. For example, Indonesia Open (Super 1000 event) is clashing with Syed Modi which is a Grand Prix event. There is no option for you to choose in this case as it is mandatory for Indian players to participate in Syed Modi. While I am sure the entire world will be playing the Indonesia Open,” he said, citing one example.
This doesn’t end with 22 tournaments. As we move into 2021, Prannoy expects another 20 tournaments beginning from January up until the Olympics. “So, once we start travelling from August, we keep playing till May next year,” he concludes.