Mohammad Ahsan questions BAC’s efforts regarding the tournament decision

Jakarta (medialnews) – Indonesian men’s doubles Mohammad Ahsan said he was surprised and questioned the efforts of the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) to make decisions about the fate of all badminton tournaments held in Asia.

This was conveyed by Ahsan in response to the postponement and cancellation of two qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo Olympics, the Malaysia Open 2021 on May 25-30 and the Singapore Open 2021, which were scheduled for June 1-6. This is actually not the first postponement as previously the Asian championships to be held last April have also been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The postponement and cancellation were considered unfair given that the European badminton championships could still take place, but not with the championships in Asia.

“Yes, it’s definitely not fair. But this should be the responsibility of the Asian Badminton Federation (BAC) for how it is committed to organizing the Asian championships,” Ahsan told medialnews in Jakarta on Friday.

“I don’t know if they tried or just shut up,” he added.

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The postponement and cancellation of the two tournaments caused Ahsan and other Indonesian badminton players to miss the opportunity to participate in the warm-up tournament ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in July.

Not only that, this decision is also a shame as there are still many Asian players, including Indonesia, struggling to accumulate points to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

“Yes, it is a real shame, because many players are still on the hunt for points for the Olympics. But what can I do, this is the decision of BWF and the host country ”, said the couple Hendra Setiawan.

“We also cannot measure how far we were before the Olympics,” he added.

Even without the two tournaments, Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan would have secured one ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with his fellow countrymen in the men’s doubles, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.

Ahsan / Hendra are second in the Road to Tokyo standings behind Marcus / Kevin who are at the top of the standings.

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Reporter: Shofi Ayudiana
Editor: Jafar M Sidik

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