Ireland’s no.1, Chloe Magee yesterday received official confirmation of her Olympic qualification in ladies singles via the BWF Olympic Games Qualification list. The Irish shuttler ranked 44 in the world was 26 on the list from 46 players qualified in ladies singles.
Chloe was not quite as successful in the Mixed doubles though with brother Sam Magee. Despite some great results this season the pair – ranked 40 in the world – have been piped down to third reserve on the Olympic list in spot 19 on the final list.
Joining them in a nervous wait will be Scott Evans in Men’s singles, the World number 67 was in position 37 on the final Olympic list leaving him at first reserve for the Games. Sources close to the players remain ‘hopeful’ that they may still get those ‘last minute’
call that will enable them to take part in the Olympics.
Badminton Ireland National Coach Daniel Magee commented “It is great we have three players in contention for Olympic selection. Chloe and Sam have done great in mixed this year but it’s tough qualifying with just 16 pairs. Chloe had a great first half of the year and had really done enough in terms of qualification by the Irish Open in December. Scott’s solid performances of late has ensured he has a great chance of selection on the second list in a few week’s time.”