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List Of Indian Badminton Players In Paris Olympics 2024?

By Rohit - 2024-05-18 18:55:13
List Of Indian Badminton Players In Paris Olympics 2024?

Indian badminton has received a significant boost with five players securing quotas for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. This success, based on the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) "Race to Paris" Ranking List, paves the way for India's potentially largest badminton contingent at the Olympics.

Stellar Performances Earn Quotas

Leading the charge is former world champion P.V. Sindhu, a familiar face on the Olympic podium. Having secured a silver medal in Rio 2016 and a bronze in Tokyo 2020, her 12th place finish in the rankings guarantees her a spot in Paris. Joining her in the singles category are H.S. Prannoy (ranked 9th) and Lakshya Sen (ranked 13th), both showcasing exceptional talent.

The good news extends to doubles as well. The world number one men's doubles pair, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, secured the third position in the rankings. In women's doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto secured a quota with their 13th place finish. Their impressive performance includes Super 100 championship titles and a runner-up finish at a BWF Super 300 tournament.

Building on Past Success

With a total of seven quotas, India could be sending its biggest-ever badminton team to the Olympics, matching the contingent fielded in Rio 2016. This achievement reflects the dedication and hard work of Indian badminton players and coaches.

Understanding the Qualification System

The "Race to Paris" Ranking List considers a player or pair's ten best results between May 2023 and April 2024. The top 16 in each singles category (with a maximum of two per country) secure automatic qualification. Universality Places and continental representation also play a role in quota distribution.

  • Both men's and women's singles events have 38 players, with 16 quotas reserved for the top 16 in the rankings (maximum two per country).
  • The host nation's highest-ranked player (if not already qualified) receives a quota.
  • Universality Places (decided by a Tripartite Commission) award two additional quotas.
  • Each of the five BWF Continental Confederations gets at least one representative in each doubles event.

Current Standings and Remaining Challenges

With only the continental championships remaining before the qualification window closes, the following Indian players have secured their spots:

  • Men's Singles: HS Prannoy (9th) and Lakshya Sen (12th)
  • Women's Singles: PV Sindhu (11th based on the two-player limit)
  • Men's Doubles: Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (2nd)

With only the continental championships left in the qualification cycle, India has secured quotas for P.V. Sindhu, H.S. Prannoy, Lakshya Sen, and the Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy duo. However, the fight for a quota in women's doubles is ongoing.

The pair of Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa is currently favored based on the ranking system's limitations on sending more than one pair per country outside the top eight. However, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand are hot on their heels, and their performance at the upcoming Asian Championships could determine who represents India.

Looking Ahead: A Promising Future for Indian Badminton

India's strong showing in the "Race to Paris" rankings is a testament to the nation's burgeoning badminton talent. With several players already qualified and others fighting for a spot, the stage is set for an exciting Olympic campaign. This success not only promises a strong showing in Paris but also paves the way for a bright future for Indian badminton on the world stage.

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