The Badminton World Federation (BWF) was compelled to postpone the Thomas and Uber Cup after a number of groups pulled out because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The match was imagined to mark the resumption of international badminton after it got here to a halt in March as a result of of the dreaded virus.
The world physique additionally cancelled the Denmark Masters 2020 scheduled from October 20 to 25.
“I believe our players are not trusting the fact that our badminton calendar is going to start very soon,” Gopichand mentioned throughout a webinar organised by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
“So there is a bit of a lag from the players’ side to get together and train,” he added.
Recently, Indian shuttlers had refused to adjust to Sports Authority of India’s quarantine norms, resulting in the cancellation of a coaching camp for Thomas and Uber Cup.
However, Gopichand feels lack of coaching isn’t a priority as gamers will get again to work as soon as they begin competing on the international occasions.
“In all probability the Danish Open will happen and once it starts the players will work more,” he mentioned.
Gopichand mentioned the pandemic has affected the gamers in other ways and a few of them have made good use of their time.
“For a few of the players, it’s been good because they are making good use of the pandemic, I won’t say for all as some of the players resuming training are not in the best shape which they could be.”
Sporting actions the world over have began once more, huge occasions just like the US Open tennis, Formula 1 races, international soccer and cricket have efficiently been performed in the protection of bio-safe bubbles.
“First two months, maybe it was rest, recovery, the next two three were about starting practice but now it’s time to start looking at preparing for the future,” he mentioned.
Gopichand, who took over the reins of Indian badminton in 2006, mentioned the nation should adapt to the scenario and beginning a league, in which prime gamers compete with one another in bio bubbles, may very well be an answer to staying at par with international athletes.
“Sport across the world has started and it means that we need to start as well because we don’t want to be left behind. It means that we need to adapt because in a country like ours, to have the same kind of tournaments we used to have, may not be possible.
“But a league amongst prime gamers, that’s attainable. So, if you’re keen to rapidly divide the gamers in our nation as per their ranges and begin competing, it’s a a lot quicker method of creating these bubbles.
“The bubble and other sports have shown that it is possible to ensure people can compete and the players are wanting to compete,” Gopichand added.
The 46-12 months-previous mentioned the break from the sport is certain to have an effect on the juniors extra because the Olympic-bound gamers will have the ability to capitalise on this additional time to arrange for the 2021 Games.
“My concern is not for Olympic-bound but under-13, 14 or 19-year-olds. A six-eight month break is a break in momentum. So my concern is more for them. For Olympic-bound players, they will just take the time to prepare better for the Olympics.”
AFI President Adille Sumariwalla echoed Gopichand’s views on the Olympic-bound.
“The postponement of a year has probably helped us in a way. Now they’ll get one more year of training. I think we will do better,” he mentioned.