Indian duo Ashwini Ponappa and Tanisha Crasto reserve their berth at the Paris Olympics

Ashwini Ponappa and Tanisha Crasto

Indian badminton has been on the rise, and the latest testament to this is the qualification of the women’s doubles pair, Ashwini Ponappa and Tanisha Crasto, for the 2024 Paris Olympics. This achievement marks a significant milestone in their careers and a proud moment for Indian badminton.

Ashwini Ponappa and Tanisha Crasto will go to the Olympics

Ashwini Ponappa, an experienced campaigner, and Tanisha Crasto, a promising young talent, have formed a formidable partnership on the court. The duo secured their spots at the Paris Olympics during the last qualification tournament at the Badminton Asia Championships in Ningbo, China. Their qualification was not just about their performance, but a combination of events that unfolded at the Championships.

Heading into the event, Ashwini and Tanisha were on the brink of qualification. They needed to reach the second round to secure their spot. They were handed a first-round bye, putting them in a strong position.

Meanwhile, their compatriots, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, who were also vying for a spot, needed to win the tournament. However, they faced a first-round exit, thereby ending their race for Paris 2024 qualifications.

This turn of events, coupled with the early exit of other competing pairs, ensured that Ashwini and Tanisha mathematically secured their spots at the upcoming Olympic Games.

Ashwini and Tanisha’s qualification adds to the list of Indian players who have secured a quota for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The list includes HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen in Men’s Singles, PV Sindhu in Women’s Singles, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in Men’s Doubles.

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