Mathias Boe criticizes the busy schedule of the BWF sharply –

Badminton News: Danish Badminton Legend Now India’s men’s doubles coach Mathias Boe battled the Badminton World Federation on Thursday over its crowded international calendar, which saw scores of players injured after participating in consecutive tournaments for the past three months.

Up to 40 badminton players, including two-time world champion Kento Momota, have been injured since the international calendar resumed with the Sudirman Cup in Finland in September this year after the break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eight tournaments have taken place in the past 10 weeks, including the Sudirman Cup, the Thomas and Uber Cup championships, and five ongoing World Tour and World Tour Finals events.

“What a party was supposed to be for the fans was a joke. @Bwfmedia what do you do other than ask the players to play for more than 3 months in a row?” Wrote Mathias Boe, silver medalist at the London Olympics -be on the twitter handle.

“Do you care about the well-being of the players? The number of injuries has never been higher and the level has never been so low.”

On Thursday, India’s top man couple Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who were trained by Mathias Boe, dropped out of the season finale after complaining of knee pain.

The day before, the former world number one Kento Momota from Japan and Rasmus Gemke from Denmark had withdrawn with back and knee injuries.

However, the BWF said that “the tournament schedule for late 2021 is not really any different from a normal year before COVID-19, except that we were able to do a high percentage of our high-level tournaments.”

“However, there are far fewer tournaments in the calendar at the end of the year than usual,” said BWF Secretary Thomas Lund.

“Yes, there will be other major championships after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but these have been played over a longer period of time with relatively less pressure on each player.”

“This BWF First Team Championship in Finland and Denmark was followed by a series of HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments in Europe and now in Indonesia, but the program has fewer tournaments at all levels than in normal years.”

Momota, who has participated in six events, recently retired during his French Open semi-final against compatriot Kanta Tsuneyama due to injury and lost all of his ranking points.

He also complained that he was “very, very tired” after losing in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open last week.

Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen also emphasized the players: “The schedule is slowly making everyone sick”.

The World Badminton Federation has had to make many changes to the international calendar over the past two years due to travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

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