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Thomas and Uber Cup preparatory camp takes off, PV Sindhu to play Uber Cup

The prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup Final 2020 is set to be held in Aarhus, Denmark between 3rd and 11th October 2020. The team event is going to mark the return of international badminton after the break due to the pandemic. The world governing body, BWF has issued SOPs for conduct of events to ensure safety of all stakeholders.

Participation and withdrawals from the event

Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Australia have officially announced their withdrawal form the Thomas and Uber Cup 2020. India, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, France, Netherlands, Germany, England, Algeria, Canada, Scotland, Egypt, Spain, and South Korea have all indicated their participation for the Thomas and Uber Cup 2020.

Despite the withdrawals, the BWF insists that the tournament will be held as planned.

India announces team shortlisted for preparatory camp for Thomas and Uber Cup

The BAI released a list of players shortlisted for the preparatory camp for the Thomas and Uber Cup. The camp will take place in Hyderabad from 7th September 2020. The final team will be announced on 17th September 2020.

PV Sindhu to participate in the Uber Cup

India’s top women’s singles player PV Sindhu had opted out of the Uber Cup due to personal reasons. However, the BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma spoke to the athlete and persuaded her to participate in the prestigious event for the country. PV Sindhu has obliged. PV Sindhu’s presence will be a boost to the Indian contingent and increase chances of a winning a medal at the Uber Cup. India had won the bronze at the Uber Cup in 2014, New Delhi  and 2016, Kunshan.

India Uber Cup Bronze 2014
Image source: Facebook| Team India with the bronze medal at Uber Cup 2014, New Delhi

“It’ll be a great encouragement to youngsters and the exposure they’ll gain from this. President said as a role model and a reputed player, Sindhu can encourage players. Everybody likes Sindhu and she has always played for the country – singles, doubles both. We should also respect a request when it comes from the BAI head. We’ll do the puja over 27th, 28th because her presence is specifically needed. Then after a day’s rest, she can travel. She’ll be tested once before leaving and on her arrival,” Ramanna, PV Sindhu’s father said.

“Thailand withdrew today, and China is also likely to. But this is a team event. So if other players play well, we have a chance though there’ll always be pressure,” he added.

India is grouped with China, France and Germany in the Uber Cup.

Also read: The historic clash between PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin- Rio Olympics Final, 2016 : A throwback

Satwik and Chirag’s participation in Thomas Cup subject to the former’s recovery

The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will travel to Denmark depending on the recovery and test result of Satwik. He had earlier tested positive for COVID-19. He would be able to participate subject to testing negative and ability to train and travel thereafter. Currently they are the best men’s doubles pair India has for the Thomas Cup.

India is grouped with Denmark, Germany and Algeria in the Thomas Cup.

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