Players compete in a test event for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games. GETTY IMAGES

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has released the official list of athletes set to compete at the Olympics after concluding the 2024 BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals. A total of 173 athletes have qualified for a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

This includes 166 regular quota places (83 men and 83 women), three universality places from the IOC Tripartite Commission (two men and one woman), plus an additional place for IOC Refugee Olympic Team athlete Dorsa Yavarivafa, whose participation was confirmed earlier this month in a special announcement by the IOC.

As there are no host quota places at these Olympic Games with French athletes qualifying by ranking, these places (one male and one female) have been reallocated to the next eligible athletes. Only one of the two universality positions for women’s singles was allocated, with the other position also going back to the reallocation pot.

Spain’s Pablo Abian and Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon have qualified for a record-equalling fifth Olympics, joining Poland’s Robert Mateusiak and Boonsak Ponsana in this exclusive club.

Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand), Michelle Li (Canada), Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei), Lianne Tan (Belgium), Tse Ying Suet (Hong Kong China), and Misha Zilberman (Israel) will all appear at their fourth Games.

El Salvador, Kazakhstan, and Nepal are represented in badminton for the first time thanks to the qualification of Uriel Francisco Canjura Artiga, Dmitriy Panarin and Prince Dahal, all in men’s singles.  

Apart from the retired Wang Yi Lyu (mixed doubles) and Greysia Polii (women’s doubles), all other defending champions from Tokyo 2020 have qualified: Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Chen Yu Fei (China) and Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin (Chinese Taipei).

Wang Yi Lyu’s partner Huang Dong Ping (China) returns having finished second in the Race to Paris rankings with new partner Feng Yan Zhe, while Polii’s partner Apriyani Rahayu qualified with Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti (Indonesia).