Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all international sports events including table tennis came to a grinding halt early in the year.
"It has been a difficult decision to make but unfortunately I will not be competing in Europe this year," Barty said on social media on Tuesday.
The first set was dominated by the world No. 13, but Cirstea hung tough in the second and pinched it in the tiebreak. After that, Cirstea never looked back.
Thailand joins Chinese Taipei and Australia as member associations unable to take their place. Replacement teams have yet to be announced, the BWF said.
"I personally feel like it's an obligation to qualify," the 58-year-old Argentinian told reporters. "I play to win and I don't take losing particularly well."
He became a first-team regular under manager Renato Gaucho following the departure of Everton Soares to Benfica last month.
Hashimoto, who was appointed as the Olympic minister last year by outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made the remarks when responding to IOC vice president John Coates' claim on Monday that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead next year regardless of the coronavirus situation.
Some of the country's top athletes serving sanctions for the doping offices includes 2008 Beijing Olympics 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, 2016 Rio Olympics women's marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong, and former three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, among others.
After dropping his serve to trail 6-5 in the first set of his fourth round match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, Djokovic angrily smashed a ball in frustration which struck the line judge in the neck, causing her to fall to the ground.
Sam Larsson (L) of Dalian FC competes for a header during the 10th round match between Dalian FC and Jiangsu Suning at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Dalian Division in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)
Currently, the ban imposed by the country's president on contact sports is still in force even though COVID-19 active cases have witnessed a downward trend in the West African country. Enditem