Badminton: BWF Road to Olympic Rankings Finalized After Cancellation of Singapore Open

With the cancellation of the final tournaments and the confirmation that they will not be rescheduled, the Badminton World Federation’s Road to Tokyo Olympic Rankings have been finalized. Athletes or pairs were able to earn points at various events held between April 29th 2019 and June 15th 2021.

For singles, 34 quotas were originally allocated. Nations could qualify two athletes if both were ranked in the top 16. This allowed China, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Indonesia and Japan to qualify two athletes in the men’s singles while for the women’s singles, China, Japan, South Korea and Thailand qualified two athletes. All other nations could only qualify a single athlete.

As Japan qualified athletes in the singles events, its quota was reallocated to the next highest ranked eligible athlete. Athletes who qualified in more than one event opened up additional quotas to their respective gender’s singles event. This was achieved by Germany’s Mark Lamfuss, Great Britain’s Marcus Ellis, Japan’s Yuta Watanabe, Netherlands’ Robin Tabeling, South Korea’s Seo Seung-jae who all qualified in the men’s and mixed doubles.

On the women’s side, Australia’s Gronya Somerville, Egypt’s Doha Hany, Great Britain’s Lauren Smith and Netherlands’ Selena Piek all qualified in the women’s and mixed doubles events. This meant 40 and 39 quotas were ultimately available in the men’s and women’s singles respectively. Additionally, all continents must be represented, replacing the lowest ranked athlete. This was done in the men’s singles where New Zealand’s Abhinav Manota qualified via this method.

In the doubles events, 16 quotas were allocated. Nations could qualify two pairs if both were ranked in the top 8. This was achieved by Indonesia and Japan in the men’s doubles, China, Japan and South Korea in the women’s doubles and only China in the mixed doubles. All other nations could only qualify a single pair.

Continental quotas were available to pairs whose continent was not represented and were ranked in the top 50. A nation can only take two continental quotas across the five events. They replaced the lowest ranking pairs to ensure only 16 pairs qualify. Continental quotas were awarded to Nigeria in the men’s doubles (Oceania had no pair in the top 50), Australia and Egypt in the women’s doubles and Australia, Canada and Egypt in the mixed doubles.

Overall, 44 nations qualified at least one quota, with China and Japan qualifying almost the maximum with 9/10 quotas each. Three tripartite quotas for each singles event are still available and will be announced within the coming weeks.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Singles
* Austria
* Azerbaijan
* Brazil
* Canada
* China
* China
* Chinese Taipei
* Chinese Taipei
* Denmark
* Denmark
* Estonia
* Finland
* France
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Guatemala
* Hong Kong
* Hungary
* India
* Indonesia
* Indonesia
* Ireland
* Israel
* Japan
* Japan
* Malaysia
* Mauritius
* Mexico
* Netherlands
* New Zealand
* Russia
* Singapore
* South Korea
* Spain
* Sweden
* Thailand
* Turkey
* Ukraine
* United States
* Vietnam

Women’s Singles
* Australia
* Belgium
* Brazil
* Bulgaria
* Canada
* China
* China
* Chinese Taipei
* Denmark
* Estonia
* Finland
* France
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Hong Kong
* Hungary
* India
* Indonesia
* Israel
* Japan
* Japan
* Malaysia
* Mexico
* Myanmar
* Netherlands
* Nigeria
* Peru
* Russia
* Singapore
* Slovakia
* South Korea
* South Korea
* Spain
* Switzerland
* Thailand
* Thailand
* Turkey
* Ukraine
* United States
* Vietnam

Men’s Doubles
* Canada
* China
* Chinese Taipei
* Denmark
* Germany
* Great Britain
* India
* Indonesia
* Indonesia
* Japan
* Japan
* Malaysia
* Netherlands
* Nigeria
* Russia
* South Korea

Women’s Doubles
* Australia
* Bulgaria
* Canada
* China
* China
* Denmark
* Egypt
* Great Britain
* Indonesia
* Japan
* Japan
* Malaysia
* Netherlands
* South Korea
* South Korea
* Thailand

Mixed Doubles
* Australia
* Canada
* China
* China
* Denmark
* Egypt
* France
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Hong Kong
* Indonesia
* Japan
* Malaysia
* Netherlands
* South Korea
* Thailand

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