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Ashwini Tanisha Tug of War with Gayatri Treesa to Paris 2024

World # 28 Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto trail behind India's No.1 Women's Doubles pair Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly. After the Silver medal from the BWF Super 300 Syed Modi International, Tanisha Ashwini edges closer to India's top pair and dims their chance to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics next year.

They beat India's top pair in the pre-quarterfinals round in the Syed Modi international which allowed both pairs to live in and close contest to play the Summer Olympics. The rank and points difference between the pairs after Syed Modi International is 3 ranks and approx. 2000 respectively now. While Gayatri Treesa is not playing in the BWF Super 100 Guwahati Open, No.2 seeded Ashwini Tanisha storms into the semi-finals which guarantees a minimum of 3850 points in additional. The victory in the quarter-finals of the Guwahati Open will put Ashwini Tanisha in front of Gayatri Treesa in the race to Paris 2024 qualification ranking.

Qualification is entirely through the ranking list of the BWF Race to Paris Summer Olympics, not by the BWF world or tour rankings. The ranking is based on the tournaments happening during the qualification window period from 1 May 2023 to 28 April 2024 for men's singles & doubles, women's singles & doubles, and mixed doubles events. It is interesting to evidence these pairs contest in the upcoming Super 100 Odisha Open next week and during the window period till 28th April 2024.

Singles qualification:

There are 38 initial quota places for the men's singles. Nations with multiple players in the top 16 of the ranking list could earn 2 quota places; all others are limited to 1. Players are taken from the BWF Race to Paris Olympic Qualification ranking list in order, respecting the national limits, until the places are filled. Each continent is guaranteed one spot, either through the invitational spots or by replacing the lowest-ranked player if necessary. The host nation spot may be used by France or unused.

Additional places beyond 38 are added where players qualified as per Olympic norms, including invited Refugee Team, and the total of qualified players is thus 42.

Doubles qualification:

Nations with at least two qualification pairs in the top 8 can send a maximum of 2 pairs (4 players); all other nations are limited to a single pair. Pairs are taken from the BWF Race to Paris Olympic Qualification ranking list in order, respecting those national limits, until 16 pairs are selected. However, each continent is guaranteed to have at least one pair with the lowest-ranking pairs displaced if necessary to make room for a continental guarantee.

While half of the selection period is over by Nov 2023, the qualification positions and chances of Indian players are discussed in comparison with other countries. After the upcoming Syed Modi Super 300, only 4 months are remaining for the players whose chances are hanging.

Indian probable contingent for Summer Olympics Paris 2024 by 27th Nov 2023 is listed.

HS Prannoy - Men's Singles - Maiden Olympic Game PV Sindhu - Women's Singles - 3rd Olympics Game

Chirag & Satwik - Men's Doubles - 2nd Olympics Game Gayathri Gopichand & Treesha Jolly or Ashwinin Ponnappa & Tanisha Crasto - Women's Doubles - Maiden Olympics Game

During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, India's medal was in Women's Singles Bronze from PV Sindh and the contingent includes Sai Praneeth, Chirag, and Satwik. PV Sindhu will join with Saina Nehwal to represent Badminton India in the Olympics most of the time.

The remaining eligible major BWF Tour tournaments in the next four months till 28th April 2024 which will decide the firm chances of the top players to play Paris 2024 are listed.

13th Dec, HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2023

09th Jan, PETRONAS Malaysia Open 2024

16th Jan, YONEX SUNRISE India Open 2024, 23rd Jan, Indonesia Masters 2024,

30th Jan, Thailand Masters 2024

27th Feb, YONEX German Open 2024,

10th Mar, French Open 2024, 11th Mar, All England Open 2024,

12th Mar, Orleans Masters 2024,

19th Mar, Swiss Open 2024,

19th Mar, Ruichang China Masters 2024,

26th Mar, Madrid Spain Masters 2024

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