National shuttlers Lee Zii Jia and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were among those who booked their berths to the Tokyo Olympics after the world body confirmed no more tournaments would be held inside the qualifying period.
“The Olympic qualification process is closed as there are no additional opportunities for players to earn points.
“However, we still need to receive confirmations from the National Olympic Committees and Members Associations, following by any possible reallocations, and this will take a number of weeks to complete,” said Badminton World Federation (BWF) secretary-general Thomas Lund in a statement.
The postponement of the Malaysia and Singapore Open effectively meant that no other tournaments would be held inside the qualifying period which was to end on June 15.
The window shut meant that Malaysia would be represented in every category at the Tokyo Games (July 23-August 8).
They are Lee (men’s singles), Soniia Cheah (women’s singles), Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (men’s doubles), Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean (women’s doubles) and Chan-Goh (mixed doubles).
2016 Olympic silver medalists Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong were the biggest names to miss out, after failing to break into the top eight bracket which would have guaranteed them automatic qualification.
On the international front, Indian shuttlers K.Srikanth and Saina Nehwal did not make the cut, prompting Srikanth to ask the BWF to revise their decision.
“Things in the last couple of months went out of control. But BWF can look into this matter and probably take a decision which will help every player as five-six tournaments were cancelled.
“I’ve been there in the 2016 Olympics so it was my dream for 2020, my goal was to get a medal. I am really disappointed not being able to be there in the 2020 Olympics as of now,” he said.
In total, there would be 172 shuttlers participating in Tokyo: men’s singles (38), women’s singles (38), men’s doubles (16 pairs), women’s doubles (16 pairs) and mixed doubles (16 pairs).