The Indonesian men’s lead men’s doubles pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, confirmed that they will perform at the 2020 Olympics.
Kevin / Marcus is now at the top of the race to Olympic, with a total of 101,643 points. The amount was obtained, after the pair underwent 14 tournaments in the Olympic qualification period from 29 April 2019, until now.
Ticket certainty for Kevin / Marcus was confirmed by the Head of International Relations PP PPSI, Bambang Roedyanto. According to him, the position of Marcus / Gideon is not possible out of the big 8, although the qualification round will still be held until April 26 next.
“For Kevin / Marcus, they have certainly escaped even before joining the Badminton Asia Team Championship 2020,” Bambang said as quoted by DetikSport, Thursday (02/13)
Moreover, Kevin / Marcus has also received an additional number of 10,164 points, the results of participating in the Asian Team Championship that is still taking place in Manila, Philippines, 11-16 February 2020.
In accordance with BWF rules, each player who is demoted in a team championship, whether winning or losing, will still get a donation of points as much as 10 percent, from the number of Olympic qualification points most recently collected.
While in the Asian Team Championship itself, Kevin / Marcus successfully presented a point for the Indonesian Team, in the group A match, against South Korea, against the couple Choi Solgyu / Kim Won Ho with a score of 21-14, 21-16, Wednesday (12 / 02).
Tickets qualify for the main round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it is also likely that another Indonesian men’s doubles partner, Hendra Setiawan / M Ahsan, will also be won by men’s singles, Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.
Ahsan / Hendra temporarily placed second in the Olympic qualification. While Anthony and Jonatan, each in the fourth position (73,772 points) and five (71,888).
“Hendra / Ahsan who sit in second place, most likely also like that (soon qualify for the Olympics),” concluded Roedy.