India’s chief national badminton coach P. Gopi Chand is keeping his fingers crossed on the subject of re-opening his two Academies here.

World championship bronze medallist B. Sai Praneeth says he just can’t wait for too long now to start training.

With the State Government in no mood to let the sports complexes and academies re-open in view of the growing number of Covid-19 positive cases, especially in the State capital, the lead athletes are clearly a worried lot.

“Three months of absolutely no training is no joke. With many of our fellow players starting training in a few States, Telangana government should at least allow us train,” one of the shuttlers from the city said.

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