It’s a fair decision

  • Badminton
  • Monday, 08 Jun 2020

In the running: Amended BWF ruling on Olympics qualification will give Liu Ying and partner Chan Peng Soon (left) a fair chance of going to Tokyo next year.

PETALING JAYA: Seasoned campaigner Goh Liu Ying has given the thumbs up to Badminton World Federation (BWF) for making the right call on the Olympics qualification process for mixed doubles players.

Liu Ying was happy that her voice was not only heard by the world body but they had acted on it promptly.

She had asked for the BWF to review one of the new rulings for next year’s extended qualifying process for the Tokyo Games, rescheduled from July 23-Aug 8, which would have given an advantage to mixed doubles players from China and Hong Kong.

“I’m happy and relieved that BWF have acknowledged my concerns and acted on it,” said Liu Ying, who won the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal with Chan Peng Soon.

“They have made an amendment and it’s now fair for everyone.”

The amended ruling states that mixed pairs from China and Hong Kong would now not be awarded Olympic ranking points for their participation at the Asia Mixed Team Championship next year.

The points will only be earned by the men and women’s singles, and men and women’s doubles of these two nations.

Earlier, BWF have made an exception to China and Hong Kong to earn their Olympic points from the continental team meet next year.

The decision was made as both countries lost out on a chance to earn Olympic points at this year’s edition in February as they were barred from entering the Philippines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.But Liu Ying claimed that the ruling was unfair to the other pairs, considering mixed doubles was not part of the men and women’s team competitions which had doubled up as qualifiers for the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Aarhus from Oct 3-11.

Liu Ying’s argument was valid.

While it would not have made much difference for China as their pairs Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong and Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping are assured of their qualification having dominated the top two places of the Race to Tokyo standings, but the same can’t be said for Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet.

Chun Man-Ying Suet are currently ranked ninth and any potential extra points earned by them would have caused a significant impact to the standings.

Malaysian pairs will be among those affected because as many as three pairs are still very much in the qualifying race when it resumes next January.

Besides Liu Ying-Peng Soon, the other Malaysians in the running are Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, both ranked 11th and 13th respectively.

A country can have a maximum of two pairs if both are in the top eight.

It was also learnt that the Indonesia BA too had expressed their unhappiness to BWF on the same matter.

They were also concerned because the unfavourable ruling could jeopardise their chances of qualifying two pairs for the Tokyo Games.

As things stand, Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti (fourth) and Hafiz Faizal-Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (eighth) are set to qualify.

England also have two pairs capable of breaking into the top eight – Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith (10th) and Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (12th).

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