NEW DELHI, September 2: Star badminton player PV Sindhu on Wednesday pulled out of the Uber Cup Finals, scheduled from October 3 to 11 in Aarhus, Denmark, citing ‘personal reasons’, her father PV Ramana confirmed to TOI. The Uber Cup is called the ‘World Team Championships’ for women. The Thomas Cup is the team championships for men shuttlers.
It’s possible that Sindhu might also give the ‘Super 750 Denmark Open’, to be played between October 13-18 in Odense, a miss as well, owing to her family commitment. She is likely to return to the court with the ‘Super 750 Denmark Masters’, also to be played in Odense, from October 20-25.
Ramana told that Sindhu’s entry will be sent for the Denmark Open, but her participation would depend on her presence at the family meet. “Yes, she has pulled out of the Uber Cup Finals due to personal reasons. Her presence is required at home during that time as we have some personal work. She was very much looking forward to playing in the tournament. She had expressed her willingness to participate. For the Denmark Open, her entry will be sent, but can’t say with surety. If she remains available, then she might go. Otherwise, it may be the next tournament,” Ramana informed.
It’s been learned that Sindhu’s presence for this family engagement will be required for two weeks, starting October 1. This makes her participation at the Denmark Open unlikely. It could only be at the Denmark Masters that Sindhu might return to the court for her first competitive outing following covid-19 outbreak.
Sindhu had returned to training last month with the start of the national camp for eight Olympic-bound athletes at the Gopichand academy in Hyderabad. Thomas and Uber Cup Finals will also mark the return of international badminton. Recently, the BWF announced its revised international calendar and included four tournaments in Denmark and Asia.
It’s been learned that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will be organising a preparatory camp for the Thomas and Uber Cup squad members at the Gopichand academy from September 8. The proposal for the camp has internally come from the BAI. Also, it’s been learned that there will be no selection trials because of the Covid-19 situation and a 10-member team each in men’s and women’s categories will be picked based on their current world rankings. (TNN)