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Vietnamese badminton star joins global team to represent equality, access, inclusion at Paris 2024

Vietnamese badminton star joins global team to represent equality, access, inclusion at Paris 2024

Friday, March 08, 2024, 13:18 GMT+7
Vietnamese badminton star joins global team to represent equality, access, inclusion at Paris 2024
Nguyen Thuy Linh, Vietnam's leading badminton player. Photo: Badminton World Federation

A Vietnamese badminton sensation will join over 100 athletes from over 60 countries and 40 sports in a team to represent equality, access, and inclusion at the upcoming Paris 2024 Games.

Nguyen Thuy Linh, a 27-year-old badminton star, will be with 116 other elite athletes worldwide in the esteemed Team Visa athlete program during the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11.

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), which acknowledges the achievements and contributions of women, Linh’s dedication to her sport and sporting excellence inspires women and communities worldwide.

Securing a deserved spot among the 117 global athletes chosen to embody the principles of equality, access, and inclusion, she stands as a testament to excellence.

Since its establishment in 2000, the athlete program has consistently offered unwavering support to over 600 Olympic and Paralympic athletes globally, acknowledging their athletic prowess and commitment to community engagement.

The Paris 2024 cohort marks the largest and most diverse group in the program's history, with athletes from more than 60 countries and 40 sports.

As a representative of Vietnam, Linh demonstrates that her unwavering dedication and resilience have propelled her on an extraordinary journey to the pinnacle of the country's badminton scene.

In October 2023, she made history by securing the 20th spot in the Badminton World Federation rankings, marking a significant milestone for Vietnamese badminton.

Expressing her excitement, Linh said, "I am immensely proud to represent Vietnam as part of the Team Visa athlete program for Paris 2024.

“This recognition is a humbling honor.”

Linh exemplifies the spirit of empowerment and resilience, inspiring women and communities around the world.

Regulations stipulate that to qualify for the men's and women's singles badminton events at the 2024 Paris Olympics, athletes must attain a ranking between 1 and 34 in the Olympic qualification rankings, distinct from the world rankings.

In this range, spanning positions 1 to 16, each country is permitted a maximum of two participants, while positions 17 to 34 allow a maximum of one participant per country.

Presently, Linh occupies the 22nd position in the Olympic qualification rankings for women's singles.

Nevertheless, within the top 16, certain countries exceed the limit of two athletes. A prominent instance is China, which presently boasts four representatives.

Hence, Linh's effective ranking stands at 16, ensuring a secure position and minimizing the likelihood of losing her Olympic slot.

The primary objective for the badminton player is to enhance her ranking, aiming to break into the top 12 and secure a seeding.

At that point, her chances of progressing beyond the group stage and into the Round of 16 at the 2024 Paris Olympics will significantly increase.

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Yen Viet / Tuoi Tre News

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