Monday, 15 Jul 2024

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Kodai Naraoka, a standout player in recent events, is currently leading the men’s singles standings in the Race to Paris Olympics qualifying lists. With his impressive performance, Naraoka, who is ranked No.4 in the world, has amassed a total of 47,595 points, putting him just ahead of YONEX All England champion Li Shi Feng in the Race to Paris rankings. Reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen is not far behind with 43,315 points, securing third place.

The qualification period for the Paris Olympics began on May 1, 2023, and will conclude on April 28, 2024. During this period, each National Olympic Committee (NOC) is allowed a maximum of two players in each singles category if both players are within the top 16 of the Race to Paris rankings by April 30, 2024. In doubles, each NOC can have two pairs if both pairs are within the top 8 of the Race to Paris rankings.

An Se Young
An Se Young has had a great year.

There will undoubtedly be intense competition between players from the same NOC who are vying for qualification spots. In the men’s singles category, several Indian players are expected to engage in a tight race. HS Prannoy currently leads the Indians at No.5, closely followed by Lakshya Sen, with a gap of just over 1,000 points. Kidambi Srikanth ranks 14th, while rising stars like Priyanshu Rajawat (No.34) and Mithun Manjunath (No.49) have also achieved promising results recently and are eager to secure their chances.

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In women’s singles, An Se Young is currently leading the Race to Paris rankings as the new No.1. She has won four out of five individual events during the qualifying period. An is followed by Akane Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchanok Intanon, He Bing Jiao, and reigning Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei. Chinese players such as Wang Zhi Yi (No.12), Han Yue (No.14), and Zhang Yi Man (No.22) will also be looking to challenge for qualification spots.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.

In the men’s doubles category, the top eight pairs are all from different NOCs. These pairs include Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi (Japan), Liang Wei Keng/Wang Chang (China), Kang Min Hyuk/Seo Seung Jae (Korea), Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik (Malaysia), Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty (India), Olympic champions Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin (Chinese Taipei), Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Denmark), and Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Indonesia).

Indonesia Open winners Baek Ha Na/Lee So Hee currently lead the Race to Paris in women’s doubles, with compatriots Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong in third place. Japan and Thailand also have two pairs each in the top eight rankings. Additionally, Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu (No.11) and Li Wen Mei/Liu Xuan Xuan (No.20) are among the Chinese pairs vying for qualification, while Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan hold the No.4 spot.

Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai are the leaders in the mixed doubles rankings, followed by the recent Japan Open champions Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino. China, in particular, has three strong pairs contending for qualification – Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping (No.3), Olympic silver medalists Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong (No.4), and Jiang Zhen Bang/Wei Ya Xin (No.16).

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Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai
Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai stay ahead in mixed doubles.

The rankings showcase the competitive nature of badminton, with players from different countries vying for qualification spots in their respective categories. Europeans Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra BØje (No.6), Mathias Thyrri/Amalie Magelund (No.9), and Robin Tabeling/Selena Piek (No.13) have also put up a strong performance.

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FAQs

Q: How long is the qualification period for the Paris Olympics?

A: The qualification period began on May 1, 2023, and will conclude on April 28, 2024.

Q: How many players can each National Olympic Committee (NOC) have in each category?

A: Each NOC is allowed a maximum of two players in each singles category if both players are within the top 16 of the Race to Paris rankings by April 30, 2024. In doubles, each NOC can have two pairs if both pairs are within the top 8 of the Race to Paris rankings.

Conclusion

The Race to Paris Olympics qualifying lists are shaping up to be highly competitive, with players from around the world striving to secure their spots in the prestigious Olympic Games. Stay tuned for more updates on the exciting world of badminton at Carnegiecentre.