Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth
NEW DELHI: Malaysia placing a brief ban on flights from India may show to be the demise knell for Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal’s hopes of qualifying for this yr’s Tokyo Olympics.
The journey ban, which has been carried out in response to the worsening Covid-19 scenario in India, has put doubts over whether or not the Indian contingent will be capable to participate within the Malaysian Open, which can be held from Could 25 to 30.
The match is the final main occasion within the Olympic qualification calendar which implies that not having the ability to take part would show to be the top of any probabilities that Srikanth or Saina have of constructing into the highest 16 of the boys’s and girls’s Race to Tokyo rankings respectively. Srikanth is presently twentieth on the standings whereas Saina is twenty second.
The Badminton World Federation, Badminton Affiliation of Malaysia or the Badminton Affiliation of India are but to touch upon to what extent the journey ban will have an effect on the probabilities of Indians taking part within the match.
Reigning world champion PV Sindhu, 2019 World Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth and males’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have the rating that may earn them qualification to the Tokyo Olympics.
Indians aspiring to qualify for the Video games have been earlier delivered a blow when the Indian Open, which was scheduled to be held in New Delhi from Could 11 to 16, was postponed due to the surge in Covid-19 circumstances. New dates for the match are but to be introduced however it is going to now not be an Olympic qualifier.