Badminton trio selected for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

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Angela Yu, Setyana Mapasa, and Tiffany Ho have been selected to represent Australia as part of the badminton team for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Team Member Mapasa will contest the women’s doubles with partner Yu, who made her Games debut at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Ho, also a Birmingham 2022 Team Member, will compete in the women’s singles, the fastest racquet sport in the world. 

Yu continues the strong family connection within the sport, with her mother He Tian Tang winning Olympic badminton bronze in 1996 for China, before moving to Australia and claiming women’s doubles bronze at the 2010 Games in Delhi. 

Yu and Mapasa are currently the 16th ranked women’s doubles team in the world on the Olympic qualifying ranking and won the 2024 Oceania Championships. 

The team will be led by head coach and two-time Commonwealth Games Team Member Leanne Choo – the first female head coach of Badminton Australia. 

Twenty-six-year-old Sydneysider Ho said watching the Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony on TV inspired her Olympic dream – one which she will live out in Paris in July. 

“In my head, I’ve always felt like a small person with a massive dream of qualifying for the Olympics,” Ho said. “Now that I’ve achieved it, it feels incredibly surreal. 

“Competing at Paris 2024 alongside the world’s best athletes is a dream come true. Having my family and friends there to support me, especially those who will be watching me play live for the first time is the cherry on top.” 

Olympic debutant Yu said she was proud to have the opportunity to build on her family’s Olympic legacy. 

“I’m very grateful to have the chance to represent Australia and compete at Paris 2024,” she said. 

“Having the opportunity to follow my mum’s footsteps to an Olympic Games has always been a life-long dream. Thank you to my coaches, Badminton Australia, my family, and everyone for the ongoing support.” 

Tokyo 2020 athlete Mapasa was thrilled to return to the Olympic arena. 

“After going to Tokyo 2020, I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to compete at another Olympic Games against the best badminton players in the world. 

“I’m very proud to represent Australia dressed in green and gold and I can’t wait to get onto court in Paris.” 

The Badminton competition will take place at the Porte de La Chapelle Arena from 27 July to 5 August. 

With thanks to the Australian Olympic Committee and Badminton Australia. 

 

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