Dubai-Born Badminton Prodigy Tanisha Crasto Secures Spot at 2024 Paris Olympics

Teaming up with the experienced Ponnappa, a former World Championship bronze medalist, Crasto has quickly ascended the ranks, defying expectations and leaving a trail of victories in their wake

Dubai, UAE: In a triumphant display of perseverance and skill, Dubai-born badminton sensation Tanisha Crasto has clinched a coveted spot at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games alongside her seasoned partner, Ashwini Ponnappa.

The dynamic duo secured their berth on the Olympic stage following a string of stellar performances that showcased their prowess on the court.


At just 20 years old, Tanisha Crasto has emerged as a rising star in the realm of doubles badminton, capturing the attention of fans and pundits alike with her remarkable talent.

Teaming up with the experienced Ponnappa, a former World Championship bronze medalist, Crasto has quickly ascended the ranks, defying expectations and leaving a trail of victories in their wake.

Their journey to Olympic qualification was not without its challenges. Despite initially ranking outside the top 100, Crasto and Ponnappa embarked on a relentless pursuit of excellence, honing their skills and forming a formidable partnership.

Their dedication bore fruit as they clinched crucial victories in tournaments across the globe, steadily climbing the world rankings and inching closer to their Olympic dream.

The culmination of their hard work and determination came to fruition at the Asian Badminton Championships in China, where they solidified their status as one of the world’s top doubles pairs.

While they faced a setback in the round of 16, their consistent performance throughout the tournament secured their position as the 12th eligible pair for the Paris Olympics.


For Tanisha Crasto, the journey to Olympic qualification represents the realization of a lifelong dream. Born and raised in Dubai, Crasto’s passion for badminton blossomed at a young age, laying the foundation for her meteoric rise in the sport.

A former student of the Indian High School in Dubai, Crasto’s decision to pursue her dreams in India proved to be a pivotal moment in her career, as she found herself training at the renowned Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.

The support and sacrifice of her family have been instrumental in Crasto’s journey to success. Her father, Clifford Crasto, made the bold decision to quit his job and invest his life savings to nurture his daughter’s talent, a decision that has now been vindicated with Tanisha’s historic qualification for the Olympics.

Reflecting on their remarkable journey, Clifford Crasto expressed his elation at witnessing his daughter’s Olympic dream come to fruition. He lauded the partnership between Tanisha and Ponnappa, highlighting their rapid ascent from relative obscurity to Olympic contenders in just over a year.

As Tanisha Crasto prepares to represent India on the grand stage of the Paris Olympics, her story serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes around the world.

With unwavering determination and unwavering support, she has proven that dreams can indeed become a reality with dedication and perseverance.

As the countdown to the 2024 Paris Olympics begins, all eyes will be on Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa as they aim to make their mark on the world stage and etch their names in the annals of badminton history.


This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed


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