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Badminton-Five to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

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2019 Badminton Environment Championships – St. Jakobshalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland – August 25, 2019 Japan’s Kento Momota celebrates winning his men’s singles remaining towards Denmark’s Anders Antonsen REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Picture

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June 23 (Reuters) – Five badminton gamers to watch at the Tokyo Olympics:

KENTO MOMOTA (JAPAN)

All eyes will be on the men’s singles planet amount one, who has defeat particular and professional difficulties on the way to the Tokyo Olympics, which includes contracting COVID-19.

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Months just before Rio in 2016, Momota was embroiled in an illegal gambling scandal and banned by the Nippon Badminton Affiliation. The then-world No. 2 was taken out from the league tables and by the time Momota acquired back on the court docket in 2017, he was ranked 282th and experienced to claw his way back again with a 39-match unbeaten streak.

Momota’s Olympic dreams were being once again threatened in early 2020 when he was associated in a deadly car or truck accident which remaining him with ruined eyesight and other injuries. The pandemic gave him time to get better and he built his comeback at the All-England Open up in March, boosting Japanese hopes that he can challenge for Olympic gold.

TAI TZU YING (TAIWAN)

Women’s singles earth No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying has under no circumstances received an Olympic medal – and this could be her last probability due to the fact though she is only 26 many years old, Tai has hinted that she will retire following the Tokyo Games.

The 3-occasions All England Open up champion has been neck-and-neck for yrs with globe No. 2 Chen Yufei of China and Rio gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain. Marin has been dominated out of the Video games by harm, expanding Tai’s possibilities of profitable a medal with her unpredictable design and style of engage in.

CHEN YUFEI (CHINA)

Earning her Olympic debut, the earth No. 2 in women’s singles participant has overwhelmed leading-rated Tai Tzu Ying 2 times, but has misplaced to her on quite a few events.

Chen has not performed internationally because the 2020 All England Open, nevertheless, and there are considerations that nerves may possibly get the far better of her after once more.

“I have this problem mark when it arrives to Chen Yufei,” explained Denmark’s Morten Frost, a former mentor and seven-periods entire world champion in the 1980s. “She’s likely to be incredibly exciting, but I say months of no match exercise for her can be a tough a single.”

DECHAPOL PUAVARANUKROH and SAPSIREE TAERATTANACHAI (THAILAND)

The blended doubles gold medal has been difficult to maintain onto in current several years, with a unique place winning every single time considering the fact that South Korea dethroned China at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Dechapol and Sapsiree are rated 2nd in the earth and have gained their final a few tournaments, all this yr.

ANDERS ANTONSEN (DENMARK)

Antonsen, the globe amount three in men’s singles, will be competing in the Olympics for the to start with time but has beaten environment figures one and two Kento Momota and Viktor Axelsen.

“I think he is a solid participant – he is come in really effectively in the final few tournaments,” Steve Kearney, director of Usa Para-Badminton, said. “I wouldn’t say a favourite but he is a sound player that’s likely to unquestionably get to the quarters and contend in the finals.”

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Reporting by Richa Naidu, editing by Ed Osmond

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