The Badminton World Federation on Tuesday introduced that they may freeze all world rankings at senior and junior degree, saying the standing as of March 17 would be the foundation for entry and participant seeding when the worldwide calendar resumes.

The rankings on March 17 are the final set printed by the BWF, earlier than the worldwide physique was pressured to postpone the badminton season as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) might announce that it’ll freeze the world rankings and world junior rankings till additional discover,” he stated in an announcement.

“The freezing of rankings will probably be reverted to week 12, which is the week after the final worldwide event – Yonex All England Open 2020.

“The rating checklist launched on 17 March 2020 will function the premise for entry and seeding into the subsequent worldwide event – though at this stage it’s tough to say when that may occur.”

The BWF’s name to stabilize the rankings will go a way in pacifying the fears of gamers internationally, who had already criticized the world physique for delaying the announcement of the choice.

“The rating remains to be not secure, the factors from earlier years Swiss Open have been eliminated. ATP froze the rankings.. We should be taught from tennis. Disappointing!” Former Commonwealth Video games champion Parupalli Kashyap wrote on his Twitter deal with.

The world rating’s freeze to that spot on March 17 signifies that PV Sindhu is the highest-ranked Indian girls’s singles participant at No.6. B Sai Praneeth and Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will probably be ranked tenth within the males’s and males’s doubles checklist respectively. Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy will probably be ranked twenty ninth in girls’s doubles whereas Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will probably be ranked twenty seventh in blended doubles.

The BWF added of their launch that they have been nonetheless searching for an answer as to how the rating factors would stabilize as soon as the calendar resumes.

“We try to outline an answer to stabilize the rankings in order to keep away from excessively impacting the rating construction by extreme drop in factors from earlier tournaments,” the discharge stated.

The BWF stated freezing the world rankings won’t have an effect on the qualification course of for the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed to July 23, 2021. The unique qualifying interval was between April 29, 2019 and April 26, 2020, however a number of tournaments have been canceled up to now few weeks. These tournaments included big-ticket occasions such because the BWF India Open (Tremendous 500), Malaysia Open (Tremendous 750) and Singapore Open (Tremendous 500), other than three Continental Confederation Championships.

It’s understood that the qualification course of will begin afresh because the timeline of the BWF calendar might have modified. A BWF launch stated a last choice on the qualification course of could be made within the subsequent few weeks.

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