India ace PV Sindhu won’t get a direct entry within the rescheduled World Tour Last because the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has determined in opposition to handing computerized invites to present world champions within the season-ending match.
In accordance with the BWF guidelines, world champions have at all times loved a direct qualification to the celebrated World Tour Finals however with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the worldwide calender, the world physique has determined to eliminate the standards this 12 months.
“Gamers will qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020 in Bangkok (Thailand) based on present rules. The exception to that’s present world champions won’t get an computerized invitation (World Tour Rules, Clause eight.2.three) and solely factors earned from World Tour tournaments will probably be taken into consideration,” BWF stated in a press release on Sunday.
“The remaining Grade 2 tournaments counting in direction of qualification are: DANISA Denmark Open 2020 (HSBC BWF World Tour Tremendous 750), Asia Open I 2020 (HSBC BWF World Tour Tremendous 1000), Asia Open II 2020 (HSBC BWF World Tour Tremendous 1000).”
Sindhu, who gained the World Championship gold medal final 12 months, had pulled out of the Denmark Open and can now need to carry out on the Asia legs to make it to the World Tour Finals.
“We do not remorse the choice to drag out of Denmark Open. Now that the BWF has laid down the standards, Sindhu will attempt to do properly within the Asia leg if there aren’t any extra postponements and qualify,” Sindhu’s father P V Ramana advised PTI.
“She is a World Champion and has gained the World Tour Last title previously, so our most important goal is the All England and Olympics.”
The Denmark Open Tremendous 750 occasion, starting on Tuesday is the one World Tour match to be held this 12 months.
Owing to the worldwide well being disaster, the world physique was compelled to maneuver the World Tour Finals (Jan 27-31) and the 2 Asia opens (Jan 12-17 and Jan 19-24) to Bangkok in January subsequent 12 months.
The BWF additionally stated “gamers would not have to take part in each the European and Asian legs to qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2020.”
“Nevertheless, gamers have to be entered in each Asia Open I 2020 and Asia Open II 2020 to qualify for the season finale.
“The gamers should arrive in Thailand on the required date/time (to be suggested) forward of the beginning of Asia Open I 2020. It’s not doable for gamers to reach later (e.g. throughout both Asia Open I 2020 or Asia Open II 2020) resulting from security and quarantine necessities,” it stated.
Offering additional updates on the World Rankings system, the apex physique stated: “World Rating factors will probably be awarded for tournaments performed in 2020,
together with: DANISA Denmark Open 2020, SaarLorLux Open 2020, Grade three tournaments together with the next which have already taken place: YONEX Latvia Worldwide 2020, FZ FORZA Bulgarian Worldwide Championship 2020.”
“The factors, nevertheless, will solely be utilized as soon as the World Rankings are unfrozen. The ultimate course of and timing of unfreezing are to be confirmed.”
Final March, BWF had frozen the world rankings, saying standings as on March 17 would be the foundation for entry and seedings when it restarts the worldwide calender.
“The attracts and seeding for the rest of the 2020 season will probably be based mostly on the frozen World Rankings (17 March 2020). This may apply to remaining Grade three tournaments of this 12 months, and the Asian leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour 2020 in January 2021,” BWF stated.
“The initially deliberate ‘Tentative World Rankings’ will not apply, as a result of adjustments to the 2020 match programme (postponement of the TOTAL
BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020, cancellation of the Denmark Masters and shifting of the Asian leg to January 2021.)”