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Will Bayley and Ross Wilson are certain of GB Paralympic qualification for Tokyo 2020

Table tennis players Will Bayley and Ross Wilson have both had their place at the Summer Paralympic Games confirmed.

Paralympic champion Bayley, from Tunbridge Wells, and world champion Wilson from Minster are among nine players to have received news of their selection for the Games which get underway on August 24, 2021.

Ross Wilson and Will Bayley celebrate winning the Men's Team Class 6-8 Bronze medal match at Excel Arena during the Paralympic Games in London Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Ross Wilson and Will Bayley celebrate winning the Men's Team Class 6-8 Bronze medal match at Excel Arena during the Paralympic Games in London Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

The nine players have been confirmed by the International Table Tennis Federation by virtue of their world ranking at the end of March 2020 or their status as regional champion.

Wilson, who claimed bronze at London 2012, tweeted: “It’s an extraordinary feeling to have qualified for Tokyo!

“Words can’t describe how much I put in to this sport and how much it means to me.

“I’m proud of the team and look forward to representing Great Britain.”

Bayley was a gold medalist in Rio 2016 and also a silver medalist at London in 2012.

Selection of the nine players for the Paralympic Games still has to be confirmed by the British Paralympic Association and the full team for Tokyo will not be announced until the end of April/beginning of May 2021.

BPTT performance director Gorazd Vecko said: “We have to be pleased to have nine players already qualified.

“The qualification criteria for Tokyo is even tougher than in previous years and to have the second highest number of players already qualified in Europe and the sixth in the world is something we should be proud of and demonstrates the success of our programme.”

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