With the international badminton calendar still not cast in stone amid postponements and rescheduling, India coach Pullela Gopichand on Wednesday said there is a slight “lag from the players’ side” to start training.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) was forced to postpone the Thomas and Uber Cup after multiple teams pulled out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament was supposed to mark the resumption of international badminton after it came to a halt in March because of the dreaded virus.

The world body also 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 said during a webinar organised by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

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