The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has actually described the brand-new certification system for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
After approval from the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, the new system will maintain the ranking points made during the initial credentials window.
However, it has extended the Olympic certification duration for the first 17 weeks of 2021, culminating around the period in between April 26 and May 2.
Some of those tournaments that were postponed, cancelled or suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be hosted during this brand-new Olympic window.
Any rescheduled competitions now sitting in late 2020 will not count towards Olympic credentials, with the Games now scheduled to start on July 23 in 2021.
Another judgment is that players from both China and Hong Kong will be eligible to earn Olympic qualification points at the 2021 Badminton Asia Group Championships, after they were not able to complete at the 2020 edition due to the preliminary break out of COVID-19
A comparable format to the Olympic system will exist for Para-badminton players who will have their qualification window run from January 1, 2021 to March 28.
” It has been a thorough procedure with the close and valuable assessment of the Athletes’ Commission to consider how finest to make changes to the Olympic and Paralympic certification system,” said BWF secretary general Thomas Lund.
” We feel this is a reasonable solution for all athletes and it will be our very first and primary concern to conduct these tournaments as part of badminton and Para-badminton’s adjusted return in the wake of COVID-19
” Although we aim to resume global competitions towards the end of 2020, we have actually selected to resume the Olympic and Paralympic certification process only in 2021 to make sure that travel limitations and other associated effects of COVID-19 are restricted.”
Badminton is set up to make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
” This change will permit players to complete their prepared run for Paralympic qualification,” Lund added.
” It will also permit gamers to be able to measure up to eligibility criteria as specified in the guidelines, which is a minimum of three competitions.”
The BWF stated they will also check out the necessary gamer policies, consisting of brand-new treatments for hosting tournaments, to keep players as safe as possible.