India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu has sent a strong message to his fans all around the globe as she reportedly has gone in self-quarantine mode after returning from Birmingham. Sindhu, who took part in the prestigious All England Championships 2020 in Birmingham, was knocked out in the quarterfinals after losing 21-12, 15-21, 13-21 to Japans’s Nozomi Okuhara. Sindhu’s defeat ended India’s campaign at the year’s first Super 1000 tournament. Also Read - Naomi Osaka Supports 'Brave Decision' to Postpone Tokyo Olympics 2020
Meanwhile, Sindhu’s Tokyo Olympics 2020 preparation suffered a major jolt as SAI-Gopichand academy in Hyderabad is currently locked down in the wake of deadly coronavirus. The lockdown in the state was announced by the Telangana state government to contain the virus. Also Read - Coronavirus: PM Narendra Modi Praises Suresh Raina For Donation to COVID-19 Relief Funds in Quirky Fashion | POST
India’s national Badminton chief coach Pullela Gopichand, who also returned from Birmingham, said they will follow the orders of the state government as the health of the players is the top priority. Also Read - Amid COVID-19 Fear, Migrant Workers Huddle at Anand Vihar Bus Terminus in Hope to Return Home
Asked if it will affect the preparations of the Olympic-bound players, Gopichand said, “The players who had come from All England via various places like Dubai, they have to be quarantined. They don’t have any tournaments in April, so till the time it is a two-week break from training it is fine. If it extends further then we will have see.
“The players also need some rest, so it is better to stay home and work on fitness,” the Dronacharya-awardee was quoted by PTI.
Gopichand also expressed his doubt over the upcoming Tokyo Olympics on Thursday and feels the Summer Games should be postponed. “I have my doubts about the Olympics. It is not like it is far away. The preparation has to start now. So, the IOC has to take a call now for everyone to relax,” he said.
“I think, in the present scenario, with the health scares and all the travel restrictions and all, it is a tough time and at the moment the whole world is thinking about health and safety for its citizens, so I think given the situation it is better if the Olympics are postponed,” Gopichand added.
The Badminton World Federation was severely criticised for conducting the All England Championship earlier this month, despite the rapid spread of the deadly disease.