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French Open starts today, Chinese badminton adapts to Olympic venues ahead of schedule – Sports – China Engineering Network

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National Badminton Team Prepares for French Open at Paris Olympic Venue

By Zhou Yuan, China Sports News Reporter

The BWF World Tour Super 750 French Badminton Open is set to kick off in Paris, with the competition venue being the La Chapelle Stadium – the badminton venue for the upcoming Paris Olympics. This presents a unique opportunity for world-class badminton players, including those from the national badminton team, to compete in Olympic venues ahead of the games. To prepare for this significant event, the national badminton team recently concluded their winter training and headed to France for early adaptation to the Olympic venue.

Originally scheduled for October, the French Open was moved to March this year to serve as an Olympic test event. La Chapelle Stadium, a newly constructed venue in the heart of Paris, will not only host the badminton competition during the Olympics but also the rhythmic gymnastics competition. With a capacity of 8,000 spectators, the stadium is expected to witness intense badminton action from July 27 to August 5.

Leading the pack are the mixed doubles duo of Huang Yaqiong and Zheng Siwei, who are the favorites to clinch the title. The pair, known as “IELTS,” finished as runners-up at the Tokyo Olympics and are determined to make a strong comeback in Paris. However, they face stiff competition from other pairs like Feng Yanzhe/Huang Dongping and Jiang Zhenbang/Wei Yaxin.

In the men’s doubles category, teams like Liang Weikeng/Wang Chang and Liu Yuchen/Ou Xuanyi will be vying for top honors. For the women’s doubles, Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan are the top seeds, with strong competition expected from Korean and Japanese pairs. The women’s singles event will see Chen Yufei leading the charge, supported by teammates like He Bingjiao and Gao Fangjie.

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With high stakes and fierce competition, the national badminton team is gearing up for an exciting and challenging tournament in Paris. Stay tuned for more updates as the action unfolds at the French Open.

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