Kidambi Srikanth And Saina Nehwal The hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games were over. The World Badminton Federation of Sports (BWF) on Friday made it clear that there will be no more tournaments within the qualification period and no changes will be made to the current ranking list. The hopes of former world number one Srikanth and London Games (2012 Olympic) bronze medalist Saina were almost dashed when the last tournament of the Olympic Qualifiers in Singapore was canceled due to
He explained, ‘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. Due to the current health crisis, the world body had extended the qualification period by almost two months to June 15, following the postponement of 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 allow Srikanth and Saina to get qualification. “The Olympic qualification process has effectively stopped as there are no additional opportunities for the players to earn points,” said BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund. PV Sindhu in women’s singles, B Sai Praneeth and Chirag Shetty in men’s singles and men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have qualified for India.