With the present rankings frozen and a new certification duration announced, some Indian shuttlers are in the ideal position to certify.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday revealed that January-April 2021 would serve as the extended qualification period for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
It also included that the ranking points earned prior to the season put on hold would still be maintained in the ‘Race to Tokyo’ rankings.
The update implies that Rio 2016 silver medallist PV Sindhu, ranked seventh with 70,754 points remains in prime position to make the Tokyo Olympics cut as is B Sai Praneeth, presently sitting 13 th with 51,527 points.
” It’s a great call,” Sai Praneeth informed the Olympic Channel “We can now think about just returning and begin training accordingly.”
The Indian badminton player added that he will only play a few staying tournaments to hold his place until the cut-off date of April 25, 2021.
Another category in which India are close to sealing a Tokyo Olympics berth remains in the men’s doubles.
The pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy is currently being in ninth location in the ‘Race to Tokyo’ table with 57,500 points, and the upgrade holds the duo in great stead.
” The planning does not alter at all. For us, it was the best choice,” Chirag Shetty informed the Olympic Channel
” Everyone had actually been working hard in the past year before everything stalled with a month and a half left in the qualification period,” he explained.
And Chirag Shetty aims to finish inside that prior to the cut-off date.
” Our target mainly is to get into the leading eight so that we get a much better draw at the Tokyo Olympics,” the 22- year-old Indian badminton player stated.