'I couldn't have asked for a tougher draw' - Chloe

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'I couldn't have asked for a tougher draw' - Chloe

Chloe Magee will take on the World No. 2 in the women's singles badminton at the Olympics in Rio.

The draw has been made for the group stages and the Raphoe player faces a difficult test to qualify for the next stage of the competition.

Chloe, Ireland's sole representative in the women's singles event, has been paired with world No. 2 Wang Yihan from China and Karin Schnasse from Germany in her group.

Yihan, who has already beaten Chloe twice in their two previous meetings, won silver at the Olympics in London four years ago.

“I couldn't have asked for a tougher draw,” Chloe told the Democrat.

“Even the girl form Germany is ranked in the top 20 in the world. It's not what I wanted but at the Olympics, anything can happen.”

Chloe will leave for Rio on August 5th and the women's singles is scheduled to start on August 11th.

She is in Dublin this week where she is continuing her preparations for the Rio games.

She hopes to spend a couple of days in Donegal this weekend before her departure for Brazil next Friday.

“The Olympics always seemed to be so far away but all of a sudden, it's almost upon us,” Chloe said.

“Hopefully I'll get home this weekend and spend some time with family and friends before I head off.”

Having competed at the Olympics in Beijing (2008) and London (2012), the Rio games will be Chloe's third Olympics.