The paddler has an opportunity to qualify for Tokyo if he reaches the ultimate of the Asian Qualification match
Sharath Kamal is in a spot of hassle because the dates of two worldwide desk tennis tournaments are clashing with one another. The WTT-Star Contender is slated to happen from March 6 to 13 in Doha, whereas the Asian qualification will take place between March 13 and 15.
Therefore, Sharath has written to the Desk Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) looking for clarification concerning his participation.
“There’s a drawback there,” Sharath instructed Sportstar. “What if I attain the semifinals of Star Contender on March 13? Then how can I compete within the Asian match which begins on the identical dates? If TTFI asks me to skip the Star Contender and play in Asian match, I’ve no alternative. However enjoying in Star Contender will assist me enhance my world rankings.”
If taking part within the Star Contender will assist him higher his rating then the Asian qualification fingers him the chance to ebook his berth for Tokyo 2020 because the winner of the match will straight qualify for the Olympics.
Contemplating the participant subject on the Asian qualification match, there’s a good likelihood of Sharath and G Sathiyan ending up in an all-Indian remaining.
The runners-up on the occasion will even have a good likelihood of qualifying for Tokyo as, amongst gamers who end within the second place in all regional qualification occasions, considered one of them will make the reduce based mostly on the world rankings.
Sharath and Sathiyan are presently ranked 32 and 37 on this planet respectively.
Furthermore, if the duo reaches the ultimate, then they’ll even skip the World singles qualification, which is lined up instantly after the Asian qualification from March 16 in Doha.
“We must always make it in males’s singles,” Sharath and Sathiyan added.
Each the paddlers shall be desirous to exorcise the ghost of the 2020 ITTF World Group qualification match held in Gondomar, Portugal the place they have been ousted by Luxembourg in Spherical of 32 after shedding all three matches.
Sharath can be gunning for a combined doubles spot with companion Manika Batra, who together with Sutirtha Mukherjee is about to compete in ladies’s singles of the Asian qualification occasion.