Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament Canceled for the Second Year in a Row due to Covid19 Restrictions

The Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament is an international badminton championship event held annually in India. The tournament was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association (UPBA) in 1991 in memory of the Commonwealth Games champion Syed Modi. It remained a national level tournament till 2003 and in 2004 it was organized as an International Badminton Tournament for the first time which saw some participation from foreign players. 

The Syed Modi International Badminton tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid19 pandemic, and was scheduled to be held in Lucknow from October 12 to 17 this year but stands canceled again due to pandemic restrictions.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed in an announcement in August 2021 that the Syed Modi India International Badminton Tournament 2021 is now canceled, the apex body said in a statement. Several badminton tournaments were canceled by BWF in these last two years due to COVID-19 complications and restrictions, and that seems to be the main reason for calling off the Syed Modi tournament in India. The decision was made in consultation with the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and after several rounds of deliberations with the local government authorities and the Badminton World Federation.

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The Badminton World Federation regrets the cancellation of the Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament but remains committed to organizing the safe and structured series of badminton tournaments for the rest of the year by following Covid19 protocols and guidelines issued by the authorities.

Players and sports lovers in India were hopeful that the prestigious Syed Modi tournament will take place as per schedule this year with the Covid19 cases receding and normal activities including sporting events, resuming across India. However, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) last week announced the cancellation of the tournament without specifying the exact reason for calling off the tournament in India.

Likely, the government of India did not permit it to hold the event due to the possible outbreak of the third wave of Covid19 in the country. The cancellation of the Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament means India will not host any event this year as the other two events, India Open 2021, and Hyderabad Open were also canceled due to Covid19 restrictions.

It is a big setback for Badminton fans as they will miss watching international players in action yet again. The pandemic has brought much loss to the world of sports and it will take a while before sporting events start happening as per normal schedules worldwide.

The other International Badminton Tournaments canceled by the governing body this year in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic include the Korea Open (August 31 to September 5), Macau Open (November 2 to 7), Taipei Open (September 7 to 12), China Open (September 21 to 26), Japan Open (September 28 to October 3), Fuzhou China Open (November 9 to14) and Hong Kong Open (November 16 to 21).   

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