Mexico's Badminton Squad Aims for Parisian Glory

Mexico's badminton stars battle in Guatemala for the final shot at the Paris Olympics. Wins for Garrido and Rodriguez mark a strong start. Can they climb the world rankings for a coveted Games spot?

Mexico's Badminton Squad Aims for Parisian Glory
A badminton player in a red jersey swings their racket to hit a shuttlecock on a brightly lit court. Credit: CONADE

The national badminton team is ready to participate in the XXVII Pan American Individual Championship, which represents its last scoring competition towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and which takes place from April 10 to 13 in Guatemala City.

Luis Ramón Garrido, Job Castillo Galindo, Luis Armando Montoya Navarro, Haramara Gaitán Fausto, Sabrina Solís Martínez and Vanessa Maricela García Contreras are the players seeking to add units to the list of the World Federation of the discipline in the individual and doubles modalities.

The international ranking will grant 70 places to Paris 2024 between both branches based on the results obtained between May 1, 2023, to Sunday, April 28, 2024, so places will be assigned in singles (men's and women's) and doubles (male, female and mixed).

Also competing in the Pan American Individual Championship are the national teams Armando Gaitán Fausto, Miriam Rodríguez Pérez and Romina Fregoso Guevara, who seek to add international experience.

Mexico opened the competition with the victories of Luis Ramón Garrido 2-1 (21-10, 8-21 and 15-21) over the Salvadoran Manuel Mejía, as well as Luis Montoya and Miriam Rodríguez against the Guatemalans Diego Trujillo and Luisa Santizo with a score of 2-0 (21-6 and 21-5).