The Syed Modi International badminton tournament 2021, which was to take place from October 12 to 17 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, has been canceled. According to the Badminton World Federation (BWF), it confirmed the cancellation on September 9, 2021.
This tournament is held in memory of Syed Modi of Lucknow, an eight-time national badminton champion. Unfortunately, his remarkable career was cut short when he was assassinated in 1988.
It was a national-level event from its inception until 2003. For the first time, it was arranged as an international event in 2004, with some low-key overseas participation. The competition was suspended from 2005 to 2008 owing to a political standoff between the UPBA and the Government of Uttar Pradesh, which culminated in the relocation of the Uttar Pradesh Badminton Academy.
In India, badminton is a popular sport. After cricket, it is India’s second most popular sport. It is conducted by the Badminton Association of India. Current BWF rankings place Indian shuttlers Srikanth Kidambi, Saina Nehwal, and Pusarla Venkata Sindhu among the top ten. Prakash Padukone was the first Indian player to attain the ranking of world no. 1 in the game. Srikanth Kidambi followed him to the top rank as a male player for the second time in April 2018. Saina Nehwal became India’s first female World No. 1 player in April 2015, and the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal.
Last year’s BWF Super 300 event was also canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current COVID-19 situation has complicated tournament planning around the world, deciding to leave local organizers with no option but to cancel the events. Due to the cancellation of the Syed Modi International, there will be no BWF World Tour events in India this year.
The Badminton Association of India (BAI), which organized the tournament, took this decision after consulting with government representatives and the BWF. They are committed to hosting a secure and controlled series of badminton tournaments throughout the rest of the year, along with the HSBC BWF World Tour finale.
The BWF, which has had to cancel multiple championships owing to COVID-19 problems and regulations, did not disclose why the event in India was canceled.
The cancellation of a BWF 300 Series event, Syed Modi India International, means that India will not host any tournaments this year. The two other events on the calendar, the India Open 2021 in May, and the Hyderabad Open in August were also canceled owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. The BWF confirmed the events for the BWF World Tour, which will resume on October 19 with the Denmark Open 2021. The Syed Modi International will resume on October 19 along with the Denmark Open 2021, which has been upgraded from a Super 750 event to a Super 1000 event due to the cancellation of the China Open. In addition, the Korea Open (August 31 —5 September), Macau Open (2-7 November), and Taipei Open (7-12 September) were all canceled by the regulatory board last month due to “problems regarding the hosting” of the events in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Other significant events that were canceled owing to the worldwide health crisis included the China Open (21-26 September), Japan Open (September 28 —3 October), Fuzhou China Open (9-14 November), and Hong Kong Open (16-21 November).