Chen Long, the gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics in China, is the only defending champion who will be in Tokyo 2020. Olympic Games according to the Badminton Worldwide Qualifiers (BWF) list.
The World Badminton Federation (BWF) announced that a total of 87 male and female players representing 50 National Olympic Committees from the five continental confederations have been selected for the Games.
Participating Olympic medalists include Rio 2016 men’s singles bronze Victor Axelsen of Denmark and women’s individual silver and bronze medalists, respectively PV Sindhu of India and Nzomi Okuhara of Japan.
Also in attendance will be the Rio 2016 mixed doubles silver medalists Chan Bing Sun and Malaysia’s Goh Liu-ying, while South Korea’s Shin Seung Chan, who won the women’s doubles bronze with Jung Kyung Eun, returns with Lee Soo Hee.
Meanwhile, Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia has a chance of becoming the first female badminton player in Olympic history to win medals at 13 if he manages to podium in Tokyo.
He won the gold medal in the men’s doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Marques Kido, who died last month of an apparent heart attack while playing a friendly badminton match.
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer has congratulated all Tokyo 2020 Olympics on their selection.
“Over the past 18 months, the world has battled a pandemic, and athletes have been affected like no one else,” he said.
“But as we have gained the upper hand over the coronavirus thanks to the efforts of scientists, vaccine makers and frontline workers, we are on the cusp of organizing the Olympics.
“This time its importance goes beyond the sport.
“It is a beacon of hope for everyone who is struggling to get their lives back on track.
“Everyone who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games is proud of him, this is an exceptional achievement.
“To be a part of the Olympic Games as a participant is a rare opportunity and honor, and these memories will be with you for life.
Regardless of whether you win a medal or not, you can say to posterity: ‘There I was! “
“Winning a medal is of course what drives the competition, and my best wishes to each of you.
“For several months, hundreds of people have worked, directly and indirectly, in order to make this event possible.
“Now the stage is set for you to do what you do best.
“Stay safe, enjoy the occasion, and all the best for your matches.”