Current Thailand Open finalists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik have opted to skip the All-England Championships (March 17-21) to focus their consideration on tournaments that supply Olympic qualifying factors as an alternative.
Which means the event’s 2019 males’s doubles finalist will make their European journey to compete on the Swiss Open (March 2-7) solely and return dwelling after that.
Because the All-England shouldn’t be an Olympic qualifier, the Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia (BAM) didn’t make it necessary for shuttlers to compete.
“We instructed the gamers they’ve the fitting to refuse as a result of COVID-19 instances are excessive in England. The All-England can also be not an Olympic qualifier.
“Aaron-Wooi Yik will have a look at a couple of Olympics qualifiers in Asia to strengthen their rating for the Tokyo Video games,” nationwide teaching director Wong Choong Hann instructed The Star.
Apart from them and males’s doubles Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin, others are anticipated make the journey to England after the Swiss Open.
Whereas new COVID-19 instances dipped beneath the 15,000 mark in the previous few days, England was nonetheless recording excessive every day fatalities as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes an attempt to ease lockdown in phases.
With the German Open additionally cancelled because of the pandemic, the shuttlers must profit from their journey to Europe.
With the Malaysian Open additionally set to be postponed, the variety of tournaments that supply Olympics factors was decreased, leaving the Badminton World Federation (BWF) scrambling for alternate options.
As of now, the Tokyo Olympics remains to be scheduled to go forward despite the fact that there have been calls by numerous events to postpone it.