The hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games for Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal came to an end. 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. Expectations of former world number one male player Srikanth and London Games (2012 Olympic) bronze medalist Saina were shattered when the last tournament of the Olympic qualifiers in Singapore was canceled due to the Covid-19 epidemic. .
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 nearly two months to 15 June after 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. BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said, “The Olympic qualification process has effectively come to an end as there are no additional opportunities for players to earn points.” For India, 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 the qualification.