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173 badminton qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics announced

PV Sindhu. Photo: BWF

Kuala Lumpur, July 5 (MNN) The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Monday announced the final list of badminton qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

A total of 87 male and 86 female players representing 50 national Olympic committees from the five continental confederations have been selected.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s singles gold medallist Chen Long of China is the only defending champion in any of the five categories.

Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Pusarla V Sindhu (India), Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia) are the other returning medallists in their respective categories.

Shin Seungchan (Korea) will look to better her women’s doubles Rio 2016 bronze with new partner Lee Sohee.

Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) could become the first badminton player in Olympic history to medal 13 years apart if he reaches the podium in Tokyo. He won men’s doubles gold with the late Markis Kido at Beijing 2008.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer congratulated all Tokyo 2020 Olympians on their selection.

“For the last 18 months, the world has battled a pandemic, and athletes have been affected like everyone else. But as we have gained the upper hand over the coronavirus thanks to the efforts of scientists, vaccine makers and frontline personnel, we are on the cusp of staging the Olympics. This time, its significance goes far beyond sport. It stands as a beacon of hope for everyone struggling to get their lives back on track,” he said.

The draw for the Tokyo Olympics will be held at 2pm BST on July 8 at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes, England and will be live streamed on BWF channels.

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