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Sharath Kamal Achanta and Manika Batra claim Asia’s final Olympic places

Friday 02 April

Issued on Thursday 1st April, the Olympic ranking is good news for India; as a result of their status, Sharath Kamal Achanta and Manika Batra secure places in the respective men’s singles and women’s singles event in Tokyo.

Sharath Kamal Achanta is named on the men’s list at no.30; Manika Batra at no.61.

Asia, via the qualification tournament, is eligible to be represented in Tokyo by six players in each of the men’s singles and women’s singles events.

The continent is divided into five regions – Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, West Asia. Following the West Asia Qualification Tournament held just over one year ago in Amman and the more recent Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament, involving the other four regions which concluded in Doha on Saturday 20th March, the winners in the regions and thus en route to the Olympic Games were determined.

Men’s Singles: Central Asia: Nima Alamian (Iran), East Asia: Lkhagvasuren Enkhbat (Mongolia), South Asia: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (India), South East: Clarence Chew (Singapore), West Asia: Ali Alkhadrawi (Saudi Arabia)

Women’s Singles: Central Asia: Anastassiya Lavrova (Kazakhstan), East Asia: Bolor-Erdene Batmunkh (Mongolia), South Asia: Sutirtha Mukherjee (India), South East: Orawan Paranang (Thailand), West Asia: Hend Zaza (Syria)

The sixth place for Tokyo 2020 is allocated to the runner up with the highest Olympic World Ranking for April; the runners up were as follows:

Men’s Singles

  • Central Asia: Zokhid Kenjaev (Uzbekistan)                                         Ranked no.115             
  • East Asia: Munkhzorig Jargalsaikhan Munkhzorig (Mongolia)       Ranked no.507
  • South Asia: Sharath Kamal Achanta (India)                                       Ranked no.30
  • South East Asia: Pang Yew En Koen (Singapore)                              Ranked no.159
  • West Asia: Dauud Cheaib (Lebanon)                                                  Ranked no.462


Women’s Singles

  • Central Asia: Markhabo Magdieva (Uzbekistan)                                   Ranked no.586
  • East Asia: Doljinzuu Batbayar (Mongolia)                                               Ranked no.276
  • South Asia: Manika Batra (India)                                                              Ranked no.61
  • South East Asia: Jannah Romero (Philippines)                                       Ranked no.335
  • West Asia: Mariana Sahakian (Lebanon)                                                 Ranked no.377
  • Thus Sharath Kamal Achanta and Manika Batra being the highest Olympic ranked runners up gain places in Tokyo.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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