In its bid to restart the domestic season under strict COVID-19 protocols after more than a year, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has requested the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to approve a national camp for the shuttlers in the first week of next month.

According to BAI’s proposal, the camp, for both senior and junior shuttlers, will be held in three cities — Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore under strict COVID-19 protocols.

Around 70-75 players will be part of the camp, including top players like Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, H. S. Prannoy, N. Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa.

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“The domestic badminton scene as well as the national camp needs to resume if all goes well and the pandemic doesn’t have any more damaging impact on lives,” BAI general secretary Ajay Kumar Singhania told PTI.

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