Following the postponement of the India Open (Could 11-16), Saina and Srikanth’s hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Video games hinge on the (Could 25-30) Kuala Lumpur occasion adopted by the Singapore Open (June 1-6).
Within the wake of an unprecedented COVID-19 surge in India, Malaysia and Singapore have banned flights from the nation efficient April 28.
“The Sports activities Ministry, by way of the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, has approached the Malaysian Authorities requesting to grant permission to the Indian Badminton Staff to journey to Malaysia to take part within the Malaysian Open scheduled from Could 25 to Could 30,” the Sports activities Authority of India mentioned in an announcement.
“That is in gentle of a short lived journey ban that has been imposed by Malaysia on travellers from India, owing to the rising COVID-19 instances in India,” it added.
After an preliminary request made earlier this week, the Indian Excessive Fee in Malaysia “acquired data from the Malaysian Authorities that the journey of the crew is probably not potential instantly.”
“Nonetheless, with 19 days left for the competitors to start, the potential for journey can’t be dominated out fully,” SAI acknowledged.
The match is likely one of the final occasions that contribute to Olympic qualification which ends on June 15. All high Indian singles and doubles gamers like PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy are because of take part on this.
The Badminton Affiliation of India mentioned it has nonetheless not given up hope and is awaiting for a response from the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
“Indian nationals will not be allowed in Malaysia in addition to in Singapore, that is already in public data. For this reason we had written to each the Member Nations to contemplate our request as a particular case with respect to the Olympic Qualification of a few of our gamers,” BAI basic secretary Ajay Singhania advised PTI.
“The matter has been taken up with BWF as nicely and we’re awaiting Badminton Malaysia’s response. Till they do not want any chance we’ll proceed to pursue each alternative that we’ve to ship our shuttlers.”
The governing physique had earlier mentioned that as per the laid-out pointers, for any Indian to enter Singapore, they should both be in quarantine in another country apart from India for 14 days earlier than they are going to be allowed to enter Singapore.
“Alternatively all gamers have to take care of a 21 days quarantine in Singapore.”
“As for Malaysia, for now there’s a 14 days quarantine guideline which suggests, our gamers have to succeed in Malaysia on Could 10, 2021 to comply with the protocols laid out by each the international locations.”
With direct journey not potential, BAI had been making an attempt to work out an answer and was exploring different routes to succeed in Malaysia by way of Doha or Sri Lanka.
BWF, then again, has been in dialogue with BA of Malaysia (BAM) on the feasibility of conducting the Malaysia Open in gentle of the host nation’s 14-day necessary quarantine rule for taking part nations, together with Denmark, Japan and China.
COVID-19 instances are on the rise in Malaysia as nicely and up to now 14 shuttlers within the nation have examined optimistic, based on reviews.
A number of days again, World quantity two Viktor Axelsen had additionally pulled out of the European Championship remaining in Kiev after returning COVID optimistic.
Indian shuttlers who’ve already made the minimize for the Olympics embrace PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and males’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.
Moreover the quartet, Srikanth, Saina and the ladies’s doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa had been imagined to take part within the two Olympic qualifiers.
The COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the worldwide calender final 12 months as nicely, forcing the BWF to cancel or postpone many of the tournaments and likewise give you a brand new Olympic qualifying interval.