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Jakarta Post

Pressure on for shuttlers as Olympic qualifiers near end

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15, 2020   /  08:13 am
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Japan's Kento Momota eyes a return against Denmark's Viktor Axelsen during their men's singles final match at the Malaysia Open badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Jan. 12, 2020.(AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, the race for spots at the Summer Games has become more intense with few badminton tournaments left to collect much-needed points. On the way to the finish line of the Olympic qualification period, which will end in April after the European and Asian championships, players must not only battle each other but also themselves. Some have managed to overcome the psychological pressure, while others have stumbled. Taiwanese men's singles player Chou Thien Chen is well aware of the ramped-up pressure with qualification matchups featuring top threats from across the world, including world number one Kento Momota of Japan, Anders Antonsen of Denmark and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Kento, who was injured in a vehicle accident in Kuala Lumpur just hours after winning the Malaysia Masters, will not compete in this week&rsqu...