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The World Championships is getting close. But there is already prominent names who can be removed from the bowl, when the draw takes place.

Even though the draw is not public yet, BWF has announced that the defending champions in Mixed doubles, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, won’t be able to defend their gold medal from Glasgow last year.

According to BWF, the duo has declined their invitation in the second phase of the qualifying process. The reason is however not revealed.

Almost a year ago, Ahmad and Natsir conquered Glasgow, when they won their final against Zheng and Chen from China 15-21, 21-16, 21-15.  This year however, we have to find a new world champion in mixed double.

Better news for others

In the men’s single however, a couple of cancelations to the tournament have left room for three players on the reserve list. Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Yen Hao has qualified as first reserve, as have Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and India’s Sameer Verma.

In the men’s doubles there are several pairs, who have stepped into the main tournament. These are:

  • Mathias Christiansen/David Daugaard, Denmark, Ranked 22
  • Berry Angriawan/Hardianto Hardianto, Indonesia, Ranked 25
  • Hendra Setiawan / Tan Boon Heong, Indonesia/Malaysia, Ranked 28 (
  • Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe, Japan, Ranked 29
  • Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong, China, Ranked 30
  • Bodin Issara/Nipitphon Phuangphuapet, Thailand, Ranked 31

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