The suspension of the Malaysia Open is a big blow to players like Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, who were aiming to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics at the same time. With only one qualifying event remaining, BAI inquired BWF about a qualification scenario for the remaining openings.
After the next postponement Malaysia Open, Badminton Association of India (BAI) has contacted the world body, the World Badminton Federation (BWF) to request an explanation of the qualification scenario for its assistants and future course of action.
The Super 750 event, which was from May 25 to 30, which is also considered an Olympic qualifying tournament, has been postponed on Friday. With four of his players, PV bond, B Sai Praneth, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, having already closed their places in Tokyo, BAI expects a few players to qualify including Sinai Nihawal And the Kidambi Srikanth.
“It’s really unfortunate that the crucial qualifiers have been postponed in this way but this is the time that we live in now. Even though four of our players have already qualified and there are very few of them including Saina and Srikanth who are still able to qualify.” BAI General Secretary Ajay said. Singhania: “I contacted BWF Secretary Thomas Lund to ask for an explanation of a future course of action.”
With the Malaysia Open postponed, the qualification hopes of the remaining Indian players now depend on the final qualifying event – Singapore Open (1-6 June). Singapore has suspended flights from India due to the recent spike in Covid-19 cases. However, BAI is in contact with the Singaporean Badminton Association and trying to find the best possible way regarding the mandatory 21-day quarantine rule.
“We will do our best to find a better way out so that the contestants have a chance to secure the Olympic berths if there is room and opportunities,” Singhania added.
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