The Badminton Association of India on Friday recommended Kidambi Srikanth for the Khel Ratna and show-caused HS Prannoy for slamming the federation after not being nominated for the Arjuna honour.
Top players including India's Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy have all been openly critical of the BWF for going through with tournaments.
Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the All England Open badminton championships after losing 15-21, 16-21 to China's Chen Long in first round.
Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will be participating in the tournament
PV Sindhu will open her campaign against Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi and is expected to face seventh seed Michelle Li of Canada in the quarterfinals.
Saina Nehwal secured a straight game win over Ukraine's Maria Ulitina to storm into the women's singles quarterfinals.
Kidambi Srikanth will now face Ajay Jayaram as he races against time to secure qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by improving his world ranking.
Saina Nehwal and Kidmabi Srikanth are currently ranked 18th and 15th respectively, while being placed 22nd and 26th in the 'Race to Tokyo' rankings.
The Indian men's team lost their first two games before coming back to win the tie 3-2 against Thailand.
Kidambi Srikanth beat Dmitriy Panarin 21-10, 21-7 while Lakshya beat Artur Niyazov 21-13, 21-8.
The Indian men's Badminton team will look to win medals to secure crucial ranking points ahead of the Olympics.
Owing to their inconsistent outings in 2019, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth are placed at the 22nd and 23rd spots in BWF's Race to Tokyo rankings with April 26 being the cut off date for Olympic qualification.
PV Sindhu advanced to the next round while Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the first round of Indonesia Masters on Wednesday.
Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the first round of Malaysia Masters on Wednesday.
PV Sindhu won the World Championships in Basel last year, but made early exits in the rest of the season, including failing to defend her World Tour Finals crown in December.
Kidambi Srikanth lost to Son Wan Ho in straight games in the quarterfinals of Syed Modi International badminton tournament.
Kidambi Srikanth, who had lifted the title in 2016, eked out a thrilling 18-21 22-20 21-16 win over compatriot Parupalli Kashyap.
Syed Modi International Tournament: Kidambi Srikanth sailed past Russia's Vladimir Malkov in straight games to set up a second-round clash with fellow Indian Parupalli Kashyap.