Saina and Srikanth’s Tokyo hopes lessen with India Open delay
“Frankly,” he says, referring to his qualification chances, “I don’t know what’s in the store anymore.
On Monday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) reported the delay of another month’s India Open Super 500 in New Delhi, following the COVID-19 circumstance within the national capital has worsened assist with cases skyrocketing and wellbeing assets beneath serious strain. New Delhi has gone into a six-day lockdown beginning on Monday.
It was to be one of the final three Olympic qualification tournaments. This turn of occasions has advance complicated the qualification path for former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal, the London Olympics bronze medallist. The two are presently left gazing at a steep climb of ranking points from fair two competitions, Malaysia Open Super 750 and Singapore Open Super 500 over the following two months.
Parupalli Kashyap, who’s taken it upon himself to offer courtside coaching and attempt to push Saina, his spouse, to her fourth straight Olympic Games appearance, calls the circumstance ‘unfair and upsetting’.
“When three tournaments were left we were calculating that perhaps a couple of quarterfinals should give her (Saina) a good chance. No one’s gone and we aren’t sure if the remaining two will happen at all. It just seems unfair at this point for the Olympics to stick to a schedule when qualification events aren’t taking place. You can’t just brush aside these athletes and say they don’t matter.
“The world is going through so much at this point. During training (on Monday), our strength and conditioning coach heard of his uncle passing away (in Gujarat due to Covid-19) after being unable to find a ventilator bed. You end up asking yourself, ‘how do tournaments or anything else matter right now?’ but in the next breath, you’re also pushing yourself to stay motivated. It’s a struggle, really.”
The tournament was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
“Frankly,” he says, referring to his qualification chances, “I don’t know what’s in the store anymore. Ideally, the Olympics should have been originally scheduled for the end of this year, so there’s enough time for qualification events. Personally, I think whatever is playing out now is a little unfair. I don’t think the world is ready to host tournaments at the moment.
“It’s still not over for me, though. If I can manage a semifinal finish in Malaysia and a quarterfinal in Singapore, that’ll be good for my qualification chances. Of course, that’s assuming these competitions will take place at all.”
“The world is going through so much at this point. You end up asking yourself, ‘how do tournaments or anything else matter right now?’ but in the next breath, you’re also pushing yourself to stay motivated. It’s a struggle.”Parupalli Kashyap