Hanoi, Vietnam, June 9, 2021: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced that Vietnamese athletes Nguyễn Tiến Minh and Nguyễn Thùy Linh have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, reports Viet Nam News.
Minh and Linh earned their spots at the Olympic Games thanks to their performances with Olympics ranking points.
Minh is ranked 32nd of the 38 male badminton players to compete in the Tokyo Olympics and Linh is ranked 25th among 38 women.
“This is an honour for Vietnamese athletes and badminton. Vietnamese badminton is very proud of this news," said Lê Thanh Hà, head of the badminton section of the National Sports Administration and general secretary of the Việt Nam Badminton Federation.
Minh is ranked 60th in the world in men's singles with 462 career wins in singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles, while Linh is the world No. 49 in women's singles with 130 career wins in the three formats.
This is the first time Linh, 23, will have participated in the Olympics, while Minh, 38, will set a Vietnamese badminton record by competing in his fourth Games. He joined the national team way back in 2000.
With two slots in badminton, the Vietnamese delegation has a total of 10 places for Tokyo. The previous eight places were won by Trương Thị Kim Tuyền (taekwondo), Nguyễn Huy Hoàng (swimming), Lê Thanh Tùng, Đinh Phương Thành (gymnastics), Nguyễn Văn Đương (boxing), Đỗ Thị Ánh Nguyệt, Nguyễn Hoàng Phi Vũ (archery) and Lường Thị Thảo and Đinh Thị Hảo (rowing).