Star Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth’s possibilities of reserving berths for Tokyo Olympics are all however over after the world physique on Wednesday cancelled the final qualifying occasion in Singapore because of the coronavirus-related journey restrictions.
The match organisers Singapore Badminton Affiliation (SBA) and Badminton World Federation (BWF) collectively agreed to cancel the Singapore Open scheduled for June 1-6.
The Singapore Open, a Tremendous 500 occasion on the BWF World Tour, was the final match providing Race To Tokyo rating factors contained in the Olympic qualifying window.
“Within the pursuits of all gamers, match personnel and the local people’s well being and security, the occasion has been cancelled. BWF can affirm the match won’t be rescheduled,” the BWF stated in a press release.
“All makes an attempt have been made by the organisers and BWF to supply a protected match setting for all individuals. Nevertheless, rising COVID-19 circumstances globally led to advanced challenges in managing inbound journey.”
The BWF stated it should difficulty an extra assertion on Tokyo Olympics qualifying at a later date.
The possibilities of London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina and Srikanth qualifying for the Olympics had hinged on the Singapore Open after the Malaysian Open (Might 25 to 30) was postponed on Might 7.
After the postponement of the Malaysian Open, Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) had reached out to the world physique, in search of readability on the qualification state of affairs for its shuttlers.
With Singapore suspending all flights from COVID-ravaged India, it was at all times going to be a tough job for the Indian gamers, to journey to the nation for the final qualifier.
Indian shuttlers who’ve already made the lower for the Olympics embody PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and the boys’s doubles pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.
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