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On Monday, the postponement of the India Open badminton tournament was announced by the organisers Badminton Association of India (BAI) and Badminton World Federation (BWF).

BWF states in its statement that this decision was made after consultation and collaboration with local health authorities in Delhi. Further, the statement said that the organisers had made all attempts to conduct a safe tournament environment for all participants, but the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and its situation in Delhi left no choice for BAI rather than postponement.

Earlier, 13 players had already made their withdrawals from the BWF World Tour Super 500 event that includes top names of Olympic champion Carolina Marin, former world champion Ratchanok Intanon and BWF World Tour Finals champion Anders Antonsen among others.

The tournament also offered ranking points for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and this would have been a crucial chance for Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal and former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth to make it to the Tokyo Olympics.