Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal’s qualification hopes finish as BWF says no additional occasions until Video games-Sports activities Information , Alenz

Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal’s qualification hopes finish as BWF says no additional occasions until Video games-Sports activities Information , Alenz

Former world no 1 Srikanth and London Video games bronze-medallist Saina’s hopes had been all however dashed when the final of the Olympic qualifiers in Singapore was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal's qualification hopes end as BWF says no further events till Games

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New Delhi: Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal’s slim hopes of qualifying for Tokyo Video games ended after the sport’s governing physique (BWF) on Friday made it clear there is not going to be any change within the present rating checklist and no additional event can be held contained in the qualification interval.

Former world no 1 Srikanth and London Video games bronze-medallist Saina’s hopes had been all however dashed when the final of the Olympic qualifiers in Singapore was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The duo had held on a slim hope when the governing physique stated it “will situation an extra assertion on Tokyo Olympics qualifying at a later date”.

“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can affirm no additional tournaments can be performed contained in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games qualifying window,” the apex physique stated in a press release on Friday.

“As such, whereas the qualification interval formally closes 15 June 2021 as per the Revised Tokyo 2020 Qualification System, the present Race To Tokyo rankings checklist is not going to change.”

Owing to the well being disaster, the world physique had earlier revised the qualification interval, extending it by practically two months to June 15 after postponement of three essential occasions.

Nevertheless, with no respite from the pandemic, BWF was compelled to cancel or postpone the final three qualifiers — India Open, Malaysia Open and Singapore Open, leaving gamers, together with Srikanth and Saina, with no probability to earn a qualification.

“The Olympic qualification course of is in impact closed as there aren’t any extra alternatives for gamers to earn factors,” BWF secretary normal Thomas Lund stated.

“Nevertheless, we nonetheless have to obtain confirmations from Nationwide Olympic Committees and Member Associations, adopted by any potential reallocations, and it will take a variety of weeks to finish.”

In line with the qualification guidelines, the highest 16 gamers – a most of two gamers every in males’s and girls’s singles from a rustic – as on 15 June will achieve direct entries.

The BWF stated “invites can be despatched shortly with closing participation lists and seedings to be revealed on the conclusion of this course of.”

Indian shuttlers who’ve already made the reduce for the Olympics embody PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and the lads’s doubles pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.


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