Guyana, represented by Narayan and Priyanna Ramdhani at the last two Pan American Games, is aiming to qualify for Santiago 2023 ©GBA

The Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) is eyeing qualification for major competitions over the next few years, with its prime target for now being the Pan American Games in Santiago this year.

At Toronto 2015 and Lima 2019, the South American nation has qualified athletes in badminton, after years of no representation.

Although medal chances seem to be on the horizon, the nation is putting focus on successfully qualifying again for Santiago 2023, according to GBA secretary Emily Ramdhani.

Gaining a spot at next year's Olympic Games in Paris is an ambition of the country too.

"We are hoping our national players Narayan Ramdhani and Priyanna Ramdhani can qualify for Olympics 2024," said the GBA secretary, according to Stabroek News.

"However, to do this we will need to attend at least six or seven international tournaments in the region and further afield in 2023.  

"We're hoping to solicit the help of our corporate sponsors, the National Sports Commission and the Guyana Olympic Association."

Guyana has competed at the Pan American Games in badminton twice so far ©Getty Images
Guyana has competed at the Pan American Games in badminton twice so far ©Getty Images

Narayan and Priyanna Ramdhani are siblings, with the brother Narayan still only 24-years-old and his sister Priyanna being 21.

Emily Ramdhani, the GBA secretary, is their mother.

Both siblings played at last year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, but lost their opening men's and women's singles matches respectively to opponents from Australia and Pakistan.

When they teamed up in the mixed doubles event, they lost 21-18, 21-10 to Daniel Wanagaliya and Husina Kobugabe of Uganda.

In 2015 when they were just 17 and 13-years-old, both debuted at the Pan American Games in Toronto, but lost their opening matches.

They returned in 2019 for the Pan American Games in Lima, also losing their opening games.