Olympic qualification system needs better solution, says Choong Hann

Wong Choong Hann hopes BWF will extend the qualifying period to give more shuttlers a chance. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann says the Badminton World Federation (BWF) should come up with a better solution for the Olympic qualification system, following the postponement of Tokyo 2020 to next year due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

While the former national player welcomes the news BWF are mulling over the possibility of freezing the world rankings in the short-term, he said the world governing body should first consult stakeholders before making further decisions regarding the qualification system.

“It is a good solution since no tournament is taking place at the moment due to the pandemic. We never experienced this situation (world rankings freeze) before.

“We will wait and see the next course of action taken by BWF on this issue,” he told Bernama recently.

Choong Hann also expressed the hope BWF would extend the Olympic qualifying period which ends on April 30, so as to give more shuttlers the chance to qualify for the Olympics.

Meanwhile, the national shuttlers have been given a training regimen to undergo at their respective homes to help keep them fit during the imposition of the government’s Movement Control Order which has been extended to April 14.

The focus is on cardio and muscle training through a programme designed by the team’s strength and conditioning coach, he explained.

BWF announced recently they would review the Olympic and Paralympic qualification systems following the postponement – this includes the possible short-term freeze on world rankings until international tournaments resume.

Such a move would certainly be a major boost for national and professional players still aiming to qualify for the Olympics.