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Indian Badminton Players' Road to BWF World Tour Final Guangzhou 2022 and Summer Olympics Paris 2024

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

Badmintonscholar presents the analysis of the Indian players' World Rank on Week 43, 23 Oct 2022, and discusses the perspectives of the players to represent the country in the BWF World Tour Finals Guangzhou 2022 and Summer Olympics Paris 2024.

Paris 2024

Paris qualification period will start from May 1 in 2023 to April 28 in 2024.

Rule 1: During the qualification period, player should be ranked between 1-250 in the BWF Race to Paris Ranking list of 28 April 2024.

Rule 2: There will be at least two athletes from each of the five BWF Continental Confederations. Though India is an Asian Country, players cannot enjoy the continental quota.

Rule 3: During the qualification period, the country's top player will qualify if they are in the top 35 in the Race to Paris Ranking list.

Rule 4:During the qualification period, the country's top two players will qualify if they are in the top 16 in the Race to Paris Ranking list.

Guangzhou 2022

Qualified players for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will be confirmed after the SATHIO GROUP Australian Open, 15-20 November 2022. The top eight players and pairs in each category in the BWF World Tour Rankings will be invited to compete, with a maximum of two players or pairs per Country being eligible.

Indian Men's Singles contingent is stronger because of its distribution and depth. Lakshya, Kidambi, and Prannoy are contesting stronger to ensure 2 berths for the next Summer Olympics Paris 2024 and Guangzhou 2022.

Sameer Verma, Sai Praneeth, and Sourabh Varma may surprise and penetrate into the top 16 if they perform better during the qualification period.

The promising young players just completed their junior circuit career-best entered into the top 100, Priyanshu RAJAWAT, Meiraba Luwang MAISNAM, and Sathish Kumar KARUNAKARAN are promising a strong tail of the Indian Men's Singles Contingent.

World Top 100 Men's Singles Indian Players

8, Lakshya SEN

11, KIDAMBI Srikanth


31, Sameer Verma

38, Sai Praneeth

45, Mithun Manjunath

47, Parupalli Kashyap

53, Sourabh VERMA

54, Kiran GEORGE

58, Priyanshu Rajawat

66, Meiraba Luwang MAISNAM

76, Subhankar DEY

87, Sathish Kumar KARUNAKARAN

92, Kartikey GULSHAN KUMAR

94, Chirag SEN

In contrast to the Men's Singles, other categories of the Indian side need more focus and fuel to identify potential players and pairs to qualify for Olympics from the top 16 ranks slot.

The minimum and a possible number of players/pairs that can represent a country in the Olympics is 5, each one for a category. At the same time, if two players/pairs from a country are in the top 16 of each category, the Maximum probability is 10 players/pairs. If the same world ranking positions are considered now, India can represent only 6 players/pairs in Paris 2024.

Top 100 Women's Singles Indian Players

5, PV Sindhu

33, Saina Nehwal

39, Malvika Bansod

45, Aakarshi Kashyap

53, Anupama Upadhyaya

57, Ashmita Chaliha


66, Imad Farooqui SAMIYA

67, IRA Sharma

72, Tasnim MIR


85, GADDE Ruthvika Shivan

90, Sri Krishna Priya KUDARAVALLI

91, Rituparna DAS

95, Aditi BHATT

While Saina struggles to keep her momentum, identifying the next players to join Sindhu in the top 16 to qualify for Paris is a challenge for India. Malvika Bansod and Aakarshi Kashyap are in the top 50 and give confidence.

Similarly in Men's Doubles, next to Satwik and Chirag, Arjun and Dhruv is in World 21 and pushing toward the rank 16 mark. The other 5 pairs are in the top 100, it will be a challenge for them to manage Indonesia, China, and other Asian counterparts.

Top 100 Men's Doubles Indian Players

8, Satwiksairaj RANKIREDDY Chirag SHETTY


34, Krishna Prasad GARAGA Vishnuvardhan Goud PANJALA



63, ATTRI Manu REDDY B. Sumeeth

66, Shyam PRASAD S. Sunjith (Jr)


In a meantime, we cannot ignore the growth of the youngsters Hariharan and Rubankumar who won the National Ranking Tournament 2022, Pune this month, have reached the top 200 during the last 12 weeks and are promising.

Top 100 Women's Doubles Indian Players

If Trisha Jolly and Gayatri manage the upcoming world tours, they may join with Ashwini and Sikki.

24, Ashwini PONNAPPA REDDY Sikki


39, Ashwini BHAT K.Shikha GAUTAM

58, Haritha MANAZHIYIL H Ashna ROY

63, Simran SINGHI Ritika THAKER

97, Palak ARORA Unnati HOODA

Mixed Doubles is the area in which India has to concentrate more. Only 6 pairs are in the top 100 and no one is in or nearer to the top 16. Among these top 6 pairs, Men's and Women's doubles experts, Satwik, Aswhini, Sikki, and Dhruv are part. Though they are close to the world's top 16, they will concentrate on Doubles.

Top 100 Mixed Doubles Indian Players

29, Ishaan BHATNAGAR Tanisha CRASTO

44,Venkat Gaurav PRASAD Juhi DEWANGAN

52, Satwiksairaj RANKIREDDY Ashwini PONNAPPA

63, REDDY B. Sumeeth Ashwini PONNAPPA


93, M.R. ARJUN Treesa JOLLY

No. of World Top 16 Indian Players

Men's Singles 03

Women's Singles 01

Men's Doubles 01

Women's Doubles 00

Mixed Doubles 00

Top 16 players will get sufficient support from SAI, BAI and Sponsors to be on the top ranking.

They are the probable contingent of World Tour Finals 2022 and Paris 2024.

No. of World Top 17 to 50 Indian Players

Men's Singles 04

Women's Singles 03

Men's Doubles 03

Women's Doubles 03

Mixed Doubles 02

Players in top 50 world ranking will get sufficient sponsorship and fund from SAI and BAI to participate more NWF tournaments.

Even though they are in World Top 50, they require to participate in the National Selection Trials of Core Group and major international tournaments.

They are directly eligible to participate in the participate in the National Selection Trials of Core Group Development and major international tournaments.

No. of World Top 100 Indian Players

Men's Singles 16

Women's Singles 13

Men's Doubles 07

Women's Doubles 06

Mixed Doubles 06

These players will get qualification and maindraw entry for BWF 100 and 300 tournaments which will boost their World ranking further.

These players have to focus on their National circuits too to qualify the selection trials for Core Group of the year to get fund from BAI and SAI.

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