Tokyo Olympics Qualification: Indian Shuttlers are in doubt to qualify for Tokyo after the ban on travel from India to Malaysia
Indian Shuttlers are in doubt to qualify for Tokyo.
Indian Shuttlers are in doubt to qualify for Tokyo after the ban on travel from India to Malaysia no flights will be allowed in Malaysia there is a temporary ban by the Malaysian government. As there are tournaments that players have to play to get into the Tokyo Olympics. It happened due to the sudden surge in cases in India of Covid-19.
The government of Malaysia forced a travel ban on all direct flights from India on Wednesday, April 28. Malaysia is the latest on the list of nations, including the UK and New Zealand, that have restricted entry from India. This decision is most likely to irritate the Indian Shuttlers’ who wanted to have the qualification chances for the Tokyo Olympics.
“We’ll have to see in the next 10 days because in the last eight days Covid-19 cases have been on a continuous rise. The Indian players will have to travel to Malaysia at least by May 14. We don’t know how it’ll pan out. I get the feeling if the numbers come down things can change,” said national selector U Vimal Kumar.
With only two Olympic qualifying tournaments remaining, Malaysia Open (May 25-30) and Singapore Open (June 1-6), only two hopes are left for the Indian Shuttlers. Furthermore, the chances are very profound that players like Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth would qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Additionally, as a consequence situation is dire for the Indian shuttlers hoping to make it to Tokyo. Lakshya Sen, Sourabh Verma, Parupalli Kashyap, and HS Prannoy in men, and N Sikki Reddy-Ashwini Ponnappa and Rankireddy-Ponnappa in doubles are also in the qualification queue.
India Open cancellation left their hopes hanging
The Indian Shuttlers aspiring to qualify for the Games were earlier delivered a blow they had pinned their hopes heavily on the India Open in Delhi (May 11-16), but its cancellation due to Covid-19 has left their hopes hanging. So far, only PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth, and doubles pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are more or less confirmed for Tokyo Olympics.