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Singapore Open cancelled due to COVID-19

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With the cancellation of the Singapore Open, scheduled from June 1 to 6, former World No. 1 players Saina Nehwal and K. Srikanth are set to miss the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The announcement, made by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday, has virtually shut the door on the two Indians making it to Tokyo.

That leaves P.V. Sindhu, B. Sai Praneeth and the duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy as the Indian qualifiers for Tokyo Games.

After the cancellation of India Open and Malaysia Open due to recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Singapore Open was the last qualification event before the June 15 deadline.

The BWF has confirmed that the Singapore Open will not be rescheduled.

That means, there are no more qualification tournaments before the Tokyo Games.

Further statement by the BWF is awaited.

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