Coronovirus impact on Indian sports - The latest

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Last Updated: Tue, Mar 10th, 2020, 14:44:35hrs
Yuzvendra Chahal

Picture posted by Team India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Instagram on his way to New Delhi airport 

The global spread of the coronavirus and travel restrictions implemented by many countries around the world and the growing panic among people has started to affect Indian sports scene as well.

With just over four months left for Tokyo Olympics, Indian athletes'  preparations for the Games has been affected. Here's a look at some of top sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed, which in turn would affect Indian athletes' prospects.

India has withdrawn from the ongoing ISSF shotgun World Cup, citing corona virus threat as the only reason for the pull-out.  

Reportedly, Indian shooting contingent that was scheduled to train in South Korea have cancelled that plan.

In case of Wrestling, the qualifying tournament for Tokyo Games to be held between March 27-29 at Bishkek in the Kyrgyz Republic has been cancelled.

In athletics, the cancellation of the World Indoor Championships in China, Nanjing (March 13-15) and the Asian Indoor Championships in China, Hangzhou (February 12-13) have hit Dutee Chand's Olympic qualification hopes.  

Indian badminton stars HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma and Sourabh Verma as well as doubles players Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have pulled out of the All England Open badminton championships beginning on March 11.

Tokyo 2020 qualification for Badminton ends on April 26 and based on the BWF Ranking list that will be released on April 28, 34 singles quota and 16 doubles quota each will be allotted for both men and women categories.

B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth will eye the men's singles quota, while PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are in contention in women's singles. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will look to qualify in the men's doubles category.  

Cancellation and postponement of the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam International (March 24-20 to June 2-7), respectively and the Polish Open International Challenge (March 26-29) will affect the Indians looking to qualify for Tokyo Games. The athletes will keep an eye on the India Open scheduled from March 24-29. The  3x3 basketball Olympic qualifiers scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from March 18-22, which got postponed, was the first tournament in the country to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus impact.

Mirabai Chanu and eight other Indian weightlifters were set to compete at the Olympic qualifying event, the Asian Weightlifting Championships (April 16-25) which has been postponed and moved from Kazakhstan to Tashkent (Uzbekistan)..

In Squash, the Asian Team Championship scheduled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (March 25-29) and the Asian Junior Individual Championship in Quingdao, China (June 29-July 3), have been postponed.

In Tennis, one of the biggest tournaments after the four Grand Slams, the Indian Wells Masters event was postponed on Monday. Indian tennis star Sumit Nagal questioned the decision of postponing the tournament at the eleventh hour.

"Yes you could not cancel Indian Wells any sooner? Why even wait till Sunday night? You didn't know about the virus or were you waiting for the last second for everyone to arrive, give them a nice welcome mail and then cancel it?" he tweeted.

Meanwhile, South African cricketers could avoid the customary handshakes during their stay in India. South Africa will play three ODIs against India. The first match is in Dharamsala on March 12.