Former world primary Saina and Srikanth are racing towards time to qualify for the Tokyo Video games, particularly after the India Open Tremendous 500 (Could 11-16) event was postponed because of the unprecedented second wave of the pandemic at the moment sweeping the nationwide capital and the nation.
Simply two extra Olympic qualifiers are remaining — Malaysia Open (Could 25-30) and Singapore Open (June 1-6) — earlier than the June 15 deadline and issues look grim for Saina and Srikanth with Malaysia and Singapore deciding to briefly impose journey bans from COVID-ravaged India.
Nevertheless, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) mentioned it’s making an attempt to work out an answer as direct journey to Malaysia and Singapore is not going to be doable.
“With the present journey restrictions, Indian gamers won’t be able to take direct flights. Now we have checked for through routes and the alternate options are both from Sri Lanka or from Doha and Indian shuttlers are most definitely to journey through Qatar,” the BAI mentioned in a press release.
“Now we have already submitted the journey paperwork of our Olympic certain gamers and officers for visa processing. Although there’s a ban on the difficulty of visa for Indians aside from sports activities associated journey actions, visa is out there on sure phrases and circumstances.
“We’re in contact with the Member Associations of Malaysia & Singapore for the required documentations.”
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.
Apart from the quartet, Srikanth, Saina and the ladies’s doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa are prone to take part within the two Olympic qualifiers.
BAI mentioned it has “written to the respective Associations of Malaysia and Singapore for a readability on what would be the actual laws that can be utilized on Indian shuttlers whereas they arrive in these respective nations.”
“Presently as per the laid-out pointers, for any Indian to enter Singapore, they must both be in quarantine out of the country aside from India for 14 days earlier than they are going to be allowed to enter Singapore,” the BAI mentioned.
“Alternatively all gamers have to keep up a 21 days quarantine in Singapore. As for Malaysia, for now there’s a 14 days quarantine guideline which implies, our gamers have to achieve Malaysia on Could 10, 2021 to comply with the protocols laid out by each the nations.”
Saina, a London Olympics bronze medallist, is at the moment on the twenty second spot within the Race-to-Tokyo rankings and desires to complete within the high 16 to qualify, whereas Rio Video games quarterfinalist Srikanth is on the twentieth place proper now.
“I most likely must play a semifinal or a few quarterfinals within the final three qualifiers to make it. I am really feeling excellent about my bodily situation in the intervening time, so it’s about going there and giving my finest,” Srikanth had mentioned earlier.
BAI mentioned it has “reached out to Malaysian Federation to know if there are any up to date quarantine guidelines that can be imposed on Indian gamers.”
“Each the Member Associations and BWF are cooperating and we’re in fixed contact.”
In one other important growth, 14 Malaysian shuttlers have examined constructive for COVID-19 up to now, in line with stories.
The COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the worldwide calender final yr as effectively, forcing the BWF to cancel or postpone a lot of the tournaments and in addition give you a brand new Olympic qualifying interval.