More representation for India in Rio?

This has a lot to do with the rapid rise of badminton in India and the performances of their players on the world stage especially the sensational performances of Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap. 

If the world rankings remain more or less the same, India will be allocated more quota places at the quadrennial event. 

Ever since badminton made its debut in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, India has had only one representation each in the five categories – men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. 

But by the virtue of their fantastic performances, Indians are likely to have two players each in the men's and women's singles in Rio. 

As per the Olympic qualification rules, each country can have two players in the singles draw if their ranking is below No.16. A nation could even get three players in the draw if they are in the top four. As things stand now, both Saina and Sindhu can make it to the women's singles. 

Saina is now world No.2 and despite skipping several tournaments due to leg injury, Sindhu is ranked No. 11. The lanky shuttler is expected to stay in the top-10. 

In that case, both the ladies will be in either halves of the draw. As a semi-final finish ensures bronze, Indian girls have a great chance of finishing on the podium. 

If Saina can manage to stay in the top four, she can prevent the presence of three Chinese players in the draw. 

In the men's singles, Srikanth is at No. 4 while Kashyap and HS Prannoy are also in the top 15. The Indian men are doing quite well on the circuit and there is every chance that at least two will stay in the top 16 which will ensure two spots in men's singles. 

The Olympic qualifying year started on May 4 and the world rankings which will be released on May 5, 2016 will determine the quota places.