Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

BWF Olympics: Updated Qualifying Regulations for Tokyo 2021

Following the recent announcement of a revamped tournament calendar for 2020, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is pleased to outline the updated qualifying regulations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled to take place in Tokyo next year. These changes were made to ensure a fair solution to the disrupted qualification system and to qualify players for the postponed Games.

Olympic Games

All ranking points earned at tournaments completed during the original Olympic qualification period will be maintained under the Race to Tokyo ranking list. An extended Olympic qualification period will be introduced from Week 1-17 in 2021, which includes the select number of tournaments that were postponed, cancelled, or suspended due to COVID-19.

It is important to note that tournaments rescheduled for the end of 2020 will not count towards qualification. Only the 2021 editions of each tournament will be eligible. Ideally, eligible tournaments within the new qualifying period should take place in the same corresponding week from 2020 to 2021. However, if this is not possible, BWF will allow sanctioning on another date within Week 1-17 in 2021, subject to approval.

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Players from China and Hong Kong China will be eligible to earn points from the 2021 Badminton Asia Team Championships since they were unable to participate in the 2020 edition due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This exception only applies to this team tournament and not to other team tournaments included in the extended Olympic qualification period. However, players have the opportunity to participate in a range of individual tournaments.

Paralympic Games

Only one tournament within the original Paralympic qualification period was cancelled due to COVID-19, the Spanish Para Badminton International 2020. This tournament has now been included in the adjusted qualification system within the period from January 1 to March 28, 2021. All ranking points earned at tournaments completed during the original Paralympic qualification period will be maintained under the Race to Tokyo Paralympic Ranking list.

BWF is still working on the exact model for the unfreezing of all world rankings in a staggered way to avoid any extreme drop-off of points that would affect the ranking structure. Additionally, there are ongoing considerations around mandatory player regulations and other aspects of the BWF regulations, including new procedures for hosting international tournaments in the safest and most comfortable way for all participants. A further announcement will be made once all circumstances have been carefully considered.

FAQs

Q: What are the updated qualifying regulations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo?
A: The BWF has introduced an extended qualification period in 2021 to include tournaments that were postponed, cancelled, or suspended due to COVID-19. Only the 2021 editions of these tournaments will count towards qualification.

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Q: Which tournaments will be eligible for qualification in the extended Olympic period?
A: Tournaments that were postponed, cancelled, or suspended due to COVID-19 will be eligible within the Week 1-17 period in 2021. Ideally, these tournaments should take place in the same corresponding week from 2020 to 2021.

Q: Will players from China and Hong Kong China be eligible for points in the Badminton Asia Team Championships?
A: Yes, players from China and Hong Kong China will be eligible for points in the 2021 Badminton Asia Team Championships due to travel restrictions preventing their participation in the 2020 edition.

Summary

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has released updated qualifying regulations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. These regulations aim to ensure a fair solution to the disrupted qualification system caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Olympic Games, tournaments completed during the original qualification period will maintain their ranking points, while an extended qualification period in 2021 will include select tournaments. Only the 2021 editions of these tournaments will count towards qualification. The same applies to the Paralympic Games, with one tournament from the original qualification period being rescheduled. The BWF is working on further details regarding world rankings and tournament procedures to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all participants.

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