The world rankings, which are the criteria for badminton qualifications for the Tokyo Olympics, have been announced, and Japan has won nine slots, which is the highest number ever in all five events.
The Nippon Badminton Association is planning to decide on a representative offer for 13 players including Kento Momota, an ace player, on June 25th.
On the 15th, the Badminton World Federation announced the latest world rankings, which are the criteria for participation in the Tokyo tournament, and Japan has the largest two slots for each country and region in the four categories of men's and women's singles and men's and women's doubles. In the mixed doubles, we won 1 slot and 9 slots, which is the highest number in all 5 events.
The Nippon Badminton Association has a policy of deciding the player who won the national team as the representative, and in the men's singles, Momota who is the world's No. 1 and Kanta Tsuneyama who is the world's 13th, and in the women's singles, the world's third place at the previous Rio de Janeiro tournament Nozomi Okuhara, the bronze medal player, and Akane Yamaguchi, the fifth-ranked player in the world, are sure to be represented.
In the men's doubles, the pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yudai Watanabe, who is the 4th in the world, the pair of Keigo Sonoda and Takeshi Kamura, who is the 5th in the world, and the women's doubles, Yuki Fukushima and Ayaka Hirota, who are the 1st in the world. It is certain that the pair of players and the pair of Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto, who have won the world championship in 2nd place in the world for the second time in a row, will be represented.
In the mixed doubles, the pair of Watanabe and Arisa Higashino, who are sure to be represented even in the men's doubles, is ranked 5th in the world and is sure to be represented.
The Nippon Badminton Association will officially decide on a representative appointment on June 25th.