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PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth to return to action at Thailand Open in January

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have been out of action for most of 2020. Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

India's top players PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will return to action for the first time since the coronavirus-forced break when they compete in the Thailand Open in January.

With Olympic qualifications in mind, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday announced a strong eight-member squad to participate in the upcoming tournaments in Bangkok, which will be held in the next month.

Other than Sindhu and Saina, B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy comprise the eight-member team for the Yonex Thailand Open from January 12-17.

That will be followed by the Toyota Thailand Open (January 19-24) and the prestigious BWF World Tour Finals, which will be held from January 27-31.

This will be the first tournament for all the players barring Srikanth since the All England Open in March this year. Former World No. 1 Srikanth had taken part in the Denmark Open in October.

"We are very happy to see badminton finally getting back on the court. It gives us hope that tournaments can eventually make a steady comeback in near future. Most of our players haven't played tournaments in the last 7-8 months," BAI general secretary Ajay Singhania said.

"However, they have been training to the best of their abilities at the camp. The purpose of sending a full-strength team in these tournaments is that players can get the much-needed tournament practice ahead of the Olympic qualifiers," he added.