New Delhi: India’s star badminton players Kidambi Srikant and Saina Nehwal’s hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games are over, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) clarified on Friday That there will be no more tournaments within the qualification period and no change will be made in the current ranking list.
Dream of second Olympic medal broke
Expectations of former world number one male player Kidambi Srikant and 2012 London Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal were shattered at the same time as the Kovid-19 epidemic in Singapore. The last tournament of the qualifier was canceled. At that time the BWF, however, had said that it would issue another statement later regarding the Tokyo Olympic qualifying, when it was felt that there could be an opportunity for these two players.
The BWF said in a statement released on Friday, ‘The BWF can confirm that no more tournaments will be played within the qualifying time of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The qualifying period of the Tokyo Games is officially ending on 15 June 2021. In such a situation, the current ‘Race to Tokyo ranking’ list will not change.
Many tournaments canceled from Corona
Due to the current health crisis, the world body had extended the qualification period by nearly two months to June 15 after postponing three important events. However, India Open, Malaysia Open and Singapore Open could not be held due to the second wave of corona virus epidemic, which did not give Srikanth and Saina a chance to qualify.
BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said, “The Olympic qualification process has effectively come to a close as there are no additional opportunities for players to earn points.” For India, PV Sindhu in women’s singles, B Sai Praneeth in men’s singles and men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have qualified.