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Ashwini Ponnappa-Tanisha Crasto mathematically qualifies for Paris Olympics 2024

Published at :April 12, 2024 at 12:34 PM
Modified at :April 27, 2024 at 5:03 AM
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India will field their joint-best contingent in badminton matching the Rio Olympic tally of seven players.

On Wednesday, India’s no 1 women’s doubles pair, Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa mathematically qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024. The pair, who came together last year ensured their qualification through their consistent performance throughout the Olympic Cycle. This will also ensure India fields a seven-member contingent in Paris which is the joint highest with Rio 2016.

Ashwini will become the third badminton player from India to qualify for the three Olympics (2012, 2016, 2024). The other two are PV Sindhu (2016, 2020, 2024) and Saina Nehwal (2008, 2012, 2016).

The first-round defeats of compatriots Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, as well as Chinese Taipei pairs Hsu Ya Ching/Lin Wang Ching and Lee Chia Hsin/Teng Chun Hsun at the Badminton Asia Championships 2024 ensured Ashwini-Tanisha’s qualification for Paris. South African duo Amy Ackerman/Deidre Laurens failing to enter the top 50 of BWF rankings also helped Tan-Ash.

They will end the qualification cycle with 51960 points. Ashwini-Tanisha have won three titles in the Olympic cycle — Guwahati Masters Super 100, Abu Dhabi Masters Super 100 and Nantes International Challenge. They also finished runners-up in the Syed Modi Super 300 and Odisha Open Super 100 and had semi-final finishes at the Indonesia Masters Super 500. They also reached the quarterfinals of Malaysia Open Super 1000 and Spain Masters Super 300.

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The other Indians to qualify for the Paris Olympics are Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty, HS Prannoy, PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen. Satwik-Chirag is currently ranked second in the race to Paris with 96353 points, while Prannoy is ranked ninth with 74897 points, Lakshya is 13th with 64201 points and Sindhu is ranked 14th with 61222 points.

With seven shuttlers qualifying for Paris, India will match their badminton contingent for 2016 Rio Olympics when they also sent seven.

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