#CoronavirusOutbreak: Badminton Association of India urges players to 'remain positive'
The world has been impacted severely by the widespread coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 16,000 lives. The deadly COVID-19 virus has also affected sport at large with major events getting postponed or cancelled. Meanwhile, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has urged its players and officials to "keep a positive frame of mind" and stay home.
The BAI stated that it's deeply concerned with the players, officials and fans. "We, at Badminton Association of India, are deeply concerned with the well-being of all players, technical officials and the innumerable badminton fans out there. For your own safety and your loved ones, as well as the community at large, we urge you to stay at home," said BAI to PTI.
"As the world combats COVID-19 and its unprecedented fallouts, confinement and quarantine are the only ways to pull a plug on the spread," BAI secretary Ajay Singhania said in a release.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has suspended all tournaments till April 12 (likely to elongate) due to the pandemic. The virus has brought the whole world to a standstill with countries shutting down borders and going into lockdown mode. In India, all states and union territories have also been put in lockdown.
BAI secretary Ajay Singhania also claimed, "While the entire country is on a lockdown mode and flight services, interstate trains and buses have been asked to shut down too and states are now enforcing curfew, as responsible citizens, we should follow it too."