Ogura, Shiota picked to lead Japan

Kyodo News

Popular women’s doubles pair Kumiko Ogura and Reiko Shiota head the list of 10 Japanese badminton players selected for the Beijing Olympic Games along with men’s doubles players Shuichi Sakamoto and Shintaro Ikeda.

Ogura and Shiota proved to be the highest-ranked Japanese when they placed seventh in the latest doubles rankings released Thursday by the Badminton World Federation. The others on the list also secured their places in Beijing by virtue of the world rankings, according to Japanese badminton officials.

Sakamoto and Ikeda are aiming to add a podium finish in Beijing to the bronze medal they captured at last year’s world championships.