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26 Mar 2004
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Badminton: double singles selected by tripartite commission for athens

Guatemala's Pedro Yang and Lorena Blanco of Peru have been selected to participate in the Olympic badminton event (14-21 August) under the Tripartite Commission programme. They are the first badminton players to qualify for the Athens Games.

Olympic Solidarity Scholarship Holders
Both players were bronze medallists at the 2003 Pan-American Games in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, last August, and are recipients of scholarship funding from Olympic Solidarity towards their training and qualification for the Athens 2004 Games. Pedro Yang, 27, is currently 52nd in the world in men’s singles, and 26-year-old Lorena Blanco is ranked 53rd in women’s singles.

Although the Olympic qualifying deadline is not until 30 April 2004, the IBF made a provision in its qualification system to allow for one player in each of the singles events to be invited under the Tripartite scheme, and this week received confirmation of Yang and Blanco’s invitations to Athens.

The Tripartite Commission
The Tripartite Commission – a three-way collaboration between the International Olympic Committee, the Association of National Olympic Committees and the International Federations – ensures participation by athletes from National Olympic Committees who would, through normal qualification channels, have little or no representation at the Games.

Badminton at the Games
During the Olympic Games, badminton competitions will be staged in the Goudi Olympic Hall, which has a seating capacity of 5,000. Matches will take place over the course of eight days (14-21 August). The finals will be held during the last four days of competition. Olympic badminton consists of five events: Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles and Mixed doubles.

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