Showing solidarity to the Indian government’s diplomatic offense against Pakistan, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on October 2 decided to boycott the Pakistan International Series and not send any players there.
The series is scheduled to take place in Islamabad from October 18 to 21st.
Announcing the news BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta in a press release said :
“The announcement comes as an act of solidarity with the decisions of the government of India in wake of the ongoing tensions between the two countries. On behalf of the council members of BAI and the entire badminton fraternity, we express strong concerns and support towards the sentiments of our fellow citizens of India.”
BAI is not the only Indian sports association to boycott playing against Pakistan following Uri terror attack.
Earlier this week BCCI president Anurag Thakur had also announced
that he would send a request to ICC asking them not to put India and Pakistan in the same group in any ICC event.
BCCI had also ruled out any possibility of resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan in coming time.
Though in Hockey, India cannot avoid playing Pakistan as they are scheduled to meet later this month as they are in the same group of the Asian Champions Trophy in Malasia.
Captain PR Sreejesh though has said that his team will “not disappoint the Indian soldiers” and will play to win.