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Brazil Para-Badminton International preview: Shephard, Coombs and Rooke hunt for points

The race to the Tokyo Paralympics is all set to ramp up another notch at the Brazil Para-Badminton International.

The event, which begins on Monday in Sao Paulo, is the antepenultimate in the 2020 Paralympic qualification cycle with, crucial points on offer for all three Brits competing.

British world number one and two Jack Shephard and Krysten Coombs are in action in the SS6 men’s singles as the duo continue to go head-to-head for the sole spot available to them in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, WH2 world number six Martin Rooke is also in singles action.

Shephard and Coombs go into the event in Brazil currently sitting first and fourth in the SS6 race to Tokyo rankings.

22-year-old Shephard, who won the SS6 men’s singles World Championship in August, leads the standings on 4320 points – 50 ahead of India’s Nagar Krishna in second.

China’s Kai Man Chu is third on 3520 points while Shephard’s great friend and rival Coombs is 250 points further back.

Hertfordshire’s Rooke is currently in fifth position in the WH2 standings on 1920 points with South Korea’s Jungjun Kim and China’s Yuen Ho Chan over 2,000 points clear of third position at the top of the standings.

Events in Peru and Spain follow in the coming weeks as the pressure reaches fever point with Paralympic dreams on the line.