Indian badminton stars Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth out of reckoning for Tokyo Olympic

It is official now that the two Indian badminton players Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth cannot take part in the India squad for Tokyo Olympics. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said that the qualification period legally closes on June 15 and there won’t be more qualifying events before that deadline.

The BWF release stated that the Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm no further tournaments to be played inside the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying windows. As such, when the qualification period closes on June 15 as per the Revised Tokyo 2020 qualification systems, the current Race To Tokyo rankings list won’t be changed. Invitations will be sent shortly with final participation lists and seedings to be published at the conclusion of this process.

Saina Nehwal, London Olympics bronze medallist is currently ranked 22 in the Road To Tokyo rankings. As per the rule, a player needs to be in the top-16 of ranking before 15th June. Along with this only PV Sindhu qualified from India in the women’s singles category while Sai Praneeth is the lone Indian in the men’s singles.

Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will play in their first Olympics. So currently, only four Indian shuttlers qualified for this big event. Kidambi Srikanth who is at rank 20 in the Road To Tokyo has also failed to qualify.

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