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But this is good news for Sai Praneeth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and PV Sindhu, as they were in the realm of Olympic qualification points before a sudden halt to the tournament’s calendar due to an epidemic following the conclusion of the All England Championship in March.
Saina and Srikanth’s Olympic hopes are hanging by a thread before the tournament is postponed.
According to the new rules, all points earned under the Race to Tokyo ranking list will not be disturbed. However, the expanded Olympic qualification from Week 1 to 17 will be introduced in 2021 to select tournaments canceled or suspended due to Kovid-19.
However, the tournament was rescheduled to the end of 2020, as the recently released calendar would not count towards qualification. Only those to be held in 2021 will be considered.
The BWF stated that the priority was to ensure a fair resolution to the qualifying system for sports-constrained players. Both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have approved the amendments.
BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said, “It is a complete process with close and valuable consultation with the Commission of Athletes to consider the best to make adjustments to the Olympic and Paralympic qualification system.
“We feel that this is a reasonable solution for all athletes and in the wake of COVID-19 our first and main priority will be to hold these tournaments as part of the adjusted returns of badminton and para badminton.
“Although we aim to resume international tournaments by the end of 2020, we have only chosen to resume the Olympic and Paralympic qualification process in 2021 to ensure that travel restrictions and COVID-19 Other related effects of “are limited.”
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All ranking points earned in tournaments completed during the original Olympic qualification period will be retained under the Race to Tokyo ranking list.
An extended Olympic qualification period will be introduced from wWeek 1–17 in 2021 and include a selected number of postponed or canceled tournaments due to COVID-19.
These eligible tournaments must be completed by Week 17 in 2021 within the new qualification period.
Rescheduled tournaments for the end of 2020, as outlined in the BWF Tournament Calendar Calendar 2020 released last week, will not count towards qualification. Only 2021 editions of each tournament.
Such eligible tournaments must take place in a single week from 2020 to 2021 within this new qualification period.
If this is not possible, the BWF will allow another date to be approved within weeks 1–17 in 2021, subject to approval.
Players from China and Hong Kong will be eligible to earn points from the 2021 Badminton Asia Team Championships because representatives of those member associations were not able to participate in the Badminton Asia Team Championship Manila in 2020, as the COVID-19 ban on athletes was imposed by the government of the Philippines. From those countries and regions.
This approach is only applied to this eccentric team tournament affected by the COVID-19 status as no other team tournament is included in the extended Olympic qualification period. However, players are offered a series of individual tournaments to enter.
A revised BWF tournament calendar 2021 with the actual dates of these eligible tournaments will be revealed later.
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Only one tournament within the original Paralympic qualification period was canceled due to COVID-19 – Spanish Para Badminton International 2020.
It is now included in the adjusted qualification system within the period from 1 January to 28 March 2021.
All ranking points earned in the tournament completed during the original Paralympic qualification period will be retained under the Race to Tokyo Paralympic Ranking List. Spanish Para Badminton International’s date will be announced in due process.
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