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Premier Badminton League (PBL) Season 6 postponed to 2021

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PBL season 6 postponed
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The season six of the world’s biggest badminton league, PBL has been put off for this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ideally, the richest badminton league with best badminton action was to be held in the December-January window like every season. However, due to the prevailing extraordinary situation, the event has been postponed.

The official confirmation of postponement of PBL

SportzLive, the official license holder of the league under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), has decided to move the event back.

“With the cases on the rise again and the second wave hitting the country, it is pertinent that we adhere to the COVID-19 advisory issued by the Health Ministry. However, with the recent announcement of the vaccine, we are optimistic that the economy shall improve and things shall return to normalcy including international travel soon. The league meanwhile plans to introduce grassroots as well as other badminton activities in order to bring back the badminton actions ahead of the next season,” Mangipudi reportedly told ANI.

“We have been lucky to get a window in December-January for the last five years but COVID has turned life upside down. International travel is also banned till December 31 so that is also a problem. We have to think about the players’ safety in these times,” Prasad Mangipudi, MD of SportzLive.

“There is the Asia leg (of the BWF World Tour) in January and then the Olympic qualifiers. We are hoping to host the event between the Olympics and the end of the last qualifying tournament in May,” Mangipudi said.

“Then we can get some key players, including the Tokyo-bound players, who may take this event as a match practice ahead of the Games as you have guaranteed five-six matches in this event,” he added.

“Hoping once we have a vaccine in January-February, things will get clear and we will be able to lock a date,” Mangipudi stated.

The organisers, however, are looking for new dates for the PBL, with the June 2021 window between the Tokyo Olympics and the Olympics qualifiers being seen as the best bet.

The world badminton calendar has been on hold since mid-March 2020, except for the Denmark Open in October followed by SaarLorLux Open. The Asia tour is to be held in January consisting of 3 tournaments. The BWF expects to gradually conduct more tournament from March 2021. The years then going to be packed with events and the PBL organizers will have to plan carefully, considering the BWF calendar with Olympics approaching.

A call will be made regarding Season 6 also depending on the prevailing scenario. Bengaluru Raptors are the two-time defending champions of the PBL.

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