Indian players, including Saina Nehwal and Srikanth Kidambi, may travel via Qatar to compete in the Malaysia Open (25-30 May) and Singapore Open (1-6 June), said the Badminton Association of India (BAI) in a statement.

BAI stated, “With the current travel restrictions, Indian players will not be able to take direct flights. We have checked for via routes and the alternatives are Sri Lanka or from Doha and Indian shuttlers are most most likely to travel via Qatar.”

“Though there is a ban on the issue of visa for Indians except for sports related travel activities, visa is available on certain terms and conditions.”

BAI is currently coordinating with BWF and the badminton associations of Malaysia and Singapore to ensure that Indian players participate in the tournament.

Read the full story on TOI.