Chinese shuttlers Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei will not defend their Olympic title in the women’s doubles event in Rio de Janeiro after they were withdrawn by China’s National Olympic Committee (NOC).
Tian and Zhao will be replaced by Luo Ying and Luo Yu, who are currently ranked seventh in the world.
While Zhao will still have a chance to win another gold in the mixed doubles event with Zhang Nan, the NOC’s decision to pull her out of the women’s doubles competition has ended her chances of becoming the first shuttler to achieve an Olympics ‘double-double’.
Aside from withdrawing Tian and Zhao, China have made no other changes to the line-up that turned out at the 2012 London Olympics as reigning champion Lin Dan and world number two Chen Long will represent the country in the men’s singles event.
Defending champion Li Xuerui and Wang Yihan, who faced off in the final four years ago, will represent China in the women’s singles tournament, while Fu Haifeng and Zhang, along with Chai Biao and Hong Wei, will compete in the men’s doubles event.