BadmintonOlympic 2020

Where do Indian Shuttlers stand in the race for Tokyo?

As things stand, only 3 quota places look possible for the Indian Badminton stars.

The Olympic qualification period is between April 29, 2019 and April 26, 2020 and the BWF Rankings to be published on 30th April will be used to allocate spots. Nations can enter a maximum of two players each in the men’s and women’s singles, if both were ranked in the world’s top 16; otherwise, one quota place until the roster of thirty-eight players had been completed. Similar regulations also apply to the players competing in the doubles, as the NOCs can enter a maximum of two pairs if both were ranked in the top eight, while the remaining NOCs were entitled to one until the quota of 16 highest-ranked pairs was filled.

The reigning World Champion in Women’s Singles, PV Sindhu is currently ranked 6th in the race for Tokyo while veteran Saina Nehwal is ranked 22nd.

In Men’s Singles, the Bronze medalist Sai Praneeth has slipped to 11th. P Kashyap(21) & Sourabh Verma(22) are the other Indians ranked in top25. Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy failed to make a mark in the recent tournaments and thus they missed out on an opportunity to make major gains in the rankings. Both are placed 26th and 29th respectively.

In Men’s Doubles,the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, which had a brilliant 2019 but has struggled in the recent tournaments is at the 8th position. Manu Attri & Sumeeth Reddy are ranked 35th.

Things are not looking any better for any of Indian Women’s Doubles or Mixed Doubles pair as their chances for Olympic qualification look bleak. India’s no.1 Women’s Doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy is stuck at the 30th position while in Mixed Doubles, Pranav Chopra-Sikki Reddy and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa are ranked 28th and 37th respectively.

So as things stand, India will be able to grab only 3 quotas-one each in Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles. However, they still have a realistic chance of getting one quota Mixed Doubles & Women’s Doubles and also an extra quota in Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles. But to achieve that, the Indian shuttlers will have to produce better results in the upcoming tournaments which would help them climb up in the rankings for the Race for Tokyo.

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