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Extension of Olympic qualification period good for players: Gopichand | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Extension of the Olympic qualification period for badminton can solely be good for Indian gamers because it provides them extra time in between tournaments, stated chief nationwide coach Pullela Gopichand. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) stated on Friday that the qualification period for the game has been prolonged by a few month to June 15.
“It’s the same for everyone, so from that perspective it’s fine I guess. It gives players a chance to space out their tournaments, so it is good overall,” Gopichand advised IANS on Friday.
The extension got here after the postponement of the Malaysia Open Super 750 and Singapore Open Super 500 tournaments, each of that are listed as half of the qualification cycle. While the Malaysia Open will happen from May 25 to 30, the Singapore match will likely be held from June 1 to six.

The Olympic qualification period was earlier scheduled to finish with the Indian Open which is at the moment slated between May 11 and 16 in New Delhi.
“I think all the players would welcome the spacing out of tournaments. It benefits at least our Indian players. It’s good that we have the time in between tournaments to train and prepare better,” he additional stated.
The Tokyo Olympics is about to be held from July 23 to August 8 this yr after being postponed from its unique dates of July 24 to August 9, 2020 as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
The announcement of the postponement of the Olympics got here in mid-March, 2020, shortly after which the BWF froze its calendar and rankings, together with ‘Race to Tokyo’ Olympic qualification rankings. While the calendar resumed late final yr, tournaments that can come inside the Olympic qualification period begin with the Swiss Open to be held from March 2 to 7.
Asked what Gopichand made of the Indian gamers’ performances on the tournaments to this point, the 47-yr-previous former All England Open champion stated that it stays too early to attract conclusions.
“Some have been a bit rusty but some also put in good performances. It is a bit early to say anything. Wait for another couple of tournaments before we can get to concrete conclusions,” he stated.
“There is also the fact that Japan and China — two big countries — did not really participate. It was a depleted field and so we can’t read too much into these results yet. Neither can we read much into the next two tournaments because we might still have a depleted field,” he additional stated.
Gopichand stated that the gamers and the teaching employees are attempting to not concern themselves with adjustments within the calendar main as much as the Olympics or uncertainty across the Games itself.
“I think for all of us it is important we just take it from where we were last year. We didn’t have any tournaments last year. At least compared to that we have some to play this time. The players will be happy that they are in a space where tournaments are there (for them) to play in,” he stated.
“The uncertainty is there but still with the vaccination coming around, the possibility of more tournaments happening in the next few months is higher. So I think a lot more to be positive about than negative. Just prepare and hang on, they have done the hard work of staying positive for the last one year,” he signed off.

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