PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying can forget about qualifying for the US$1.5mil (RM6.23mil) World Tour Finals from Nov 25-29.
The world No. 7 have found themselves out of the race after deciding to skip the Denmark Open from Oct 13-18 and Denmark Masters from Oct 20-25, both in Odense, because of the Covid-19 pandemic concerns.
But little did they know that their decision had made them ineligible for the prestigious Finals, which will feature only the top-eight ranked players in every event after the completion of regular World Tour season.
Under the World Badminton Federation’s (BWF) new rule, players must now compete in their revised five-event World Tour to be eligible.
The world body have scrapped their existing top players commitments regulation for the remainder of 2020, but had imposed a condition that players qualifying for the Finals must participate in the European and Asian legs.
The duo are only planning to make a comeback for the remaining two Asian legs in November.
Liu Ying said she was only made aware of the condition that was stated in a notice that was published alongside with the adjusted World Tour calendar by BWF on Aug 27.
“I have just found out,” admitted Liu Ying, whose hopes of making an appearance in the Finals with Peng Soon have now been dashed.
“There’s nothing we can do about it now.
“But I still feel that it’s not right for the BWF to require all players to commit in all the remaining tournaments, considering the ongoing uncertainties.
“I’m sure that all players are facing the same predicament. I can foresee more players getting disqualified along the way.”
If not for the the world body’s new ruling, Peng Soon-Liu Ying, who are currently ranked 15th in the race to the Finals, would have had a chance to make the top eight cut.
The other Malaysians in the running are Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie at the sixth and seventh in the mixed doubles respectively; Lee Zii Jia (fifth, men’s singles); Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (third and fourth, men’s doubles).
A whopping US$120,000 (RM503,000) and US$126,000 (RM529,000) are up for grabs for the singles and doubles winners.