Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s World No. 7 mixed doubles pair, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying praised the decision made by both the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) to postpone the India Open which was originally scheduled to be held in New Delhi from May 11 to May 16.
Chan said he and Goh had withdrawn from the BWF Super 500 World Tour before it was postponed due to the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in India.
“So, when BWF and BAI decided to postpone the tournament, it was good news for us. Because we no longer have to worry about the risk of losing world ranking points after deciding to withdraw from the tournament,” said Chan.
“For me, it was the right and fair decision for all the players. After all, I believe I am not the only person who was worried about the COVID-19 cases in India but other players also felt the same way,” added Chan.
This year, Chan/Goh have competed in four tournaments – the YONEX Thailand Open and the Toyota Thailand Open in January (they entered the quarter-finals at both tournaments). They also participated at the Swiss Open (quarter-finals) and the All England (semi-finals) in March.
The pair currently ranked No. 7 in the Race to Tokyo Olympic qualification rankings, will now shift their focus to the Malaysia Open (May 25 to May 30) and the Singapore Open (June 1 to June 6) – in which both tournaments are offering qualification points for the Tokyo Olympics in July.
On Tuesday, India reported 1,761 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours – the highest daily toll since the pandemic erupted more than a year ago – and 259,170 new infections. On the same day, New Delhi saw 277 deaths, the city’s highest since the pandemic began, with 28,395 new COVID-19 cases.
Government officials said that New Delhi would run out of medical oxygen by Wednesday.