Storylines to Embark: Badminton Asia Championships (Superseries)


The 2016 Badminton Asia Championships in Wuhan will be the final big tournament, as it has been upgraded to Superseries status since last year, counting toward the Olympics qualification period. And a few players and doubles pairs are holding onto the final piece of hope in Wuhan. Korea’s Lee Dong Keun is now at no.18 in the BWF’s  Race to Rio. He will need to win at least one round here, up against India’s Kidambi Srikanth, for a chance to reach the top-16 mark and receive a second singles spot for Korea, after Son Wan Ho.
The only other scenario for Lee to qualify for Rio would be Ko Sung Hyun qualifying for the men’s doubles with Shin Baek Choel, so Korea will earn an additional “quota place”. Ko and Shin are still about 2,000 points shy of teammates Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang in a battle for Korea’s second doubles quota.
Lee Dong Keun
Lee Dong Keun is hoping he's got a good week ahead in Wuhan in order to make Olympic cut.
Lee Dong Keun
Two singles players in a discipline from the same country will qualify for the Olympics only if they are both in the top 16. Lee sits now at no.18. (Credit: Badmintonphoto)
Lee Yong Dae, Malaysia Open
 Ko Sung Hyun has the chances to  qualify for both men's and mixed doubles in Rio. (Credit: Badmintonphoto)
Lee Yong Dae, Malaysia Open
Kim Gi Jung (R) and Kim Sa Rang are now Korea's second doubles for the Olympics, leading Ko/Shin by about 2,000 points. (Credit: Badmintonphoto)
There is something about the Badminton Asia Championships that brings out the best of #TheRealDeal from Hong Kong, Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah. They have made the finals in the top continental event for the past two seasons, and were crowned the 2014 Asian Champs. List of recent mixed doubles champs includes Tontowi Ahmad /Liliyana Natsir, Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na, and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying. All the mentioned #TeamVICTOR duos have earned their places into Rio.
Choi Hoi Wah, Malaysia Masters
World no.9 team, Hong Kong's Chau Hoi Wah (L) and Lee Chun Hei
Choi Hoi Wah, Olympic
Chau Hoi Wah and Lee Chun Hei have made it to the finals here in previous two seasons. (Credit: Badmintonphoto)
Korea has been dominating the men’s doubles field, riding a four-victory streak and winning six of the past eight Badminton Asia Championships. Team Korea captain Yoo Yeon Seong will be searching to complete an Asian trifecta. Yoo won the 2014 edition with Shin Baek Choel and in 2015 with his current partner Lee Yong Dae.
Yoo Yeon Seong, Badminton Asia
Yoo Yeon Seong will be searching to take his third Asian crown in a row. (Credit: Badmintonphoto)
Yoo Yeon Seong, Badminton Asia
Yoo and Lee just won their first title of 2016 on Sunday at the China Masters. (Credit: Badmintonphoto)

The Real Deal

VICTOR is inviting you to join us in tracking and examining the best results from Team VICTOR players and cheering for them along the way to the Summer Olympics.
Starting from Sudirman Cup in May, 2015, in a 52-week process, players will be giving all out to fight for their Olympic dream and to collect the ranking points on the BWF World Tour for the final qualification. In our #TheReaDeal on-line campaign, we’ll be taking a look at the names which are going to make a “Rio” threat as we count down to the badminton event of the world sport gala.
The Real Deal, Olympic Games Badminton

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