New Delhi: The world No. 17 men’s singles player Parupalli Kashyap who is still battling his knee injury, has pulled out from the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier and Singapore Open Super Series.
With Olympic qualifying time running out, it’s almost impossible for Kashyap to recover in time to earn enough points for Rio before the qualification cutoff date expires on May 1st, 2016.
“My injury was bad, and I will probably skip the tournaments for whole month. I was told that I could start playing in two weeks, but that was not the case. My first diagnosis was incorrect, and I feel disappointed,” said Kashyap.
According to Badminton World Federation (BWF), only top 16 singles players could make the Olympic draw, but his injury will likely to cost him a shot at qualifying for Rio.
“Everyone wants me to recover quickly and get back to playing badminton, I really appreciate that,” said Kashyap.
Despite the unfortunate news, top Indian shuttlers such as Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, P.V. Sindhu, and H.S. Prannoy will kick off their campaigns in the Malaysia Open main draw at Shah Alam, Malaysia on Wednesday.