PV Sindhu is set to face India’s gold badminton superstar at the Olympics, but has warned that the road to the Tokyo final will be tough in the single single with the most female players in the world. This month marks the 26th anniversary of Sindhu’s 2016 Olympic silver medal, which won one of only two medals won in Rio, India. It is decided to go a better five years and become the second individual medal in the Indian Olympics in the history of the Games. Sindhu has said that in addition to Spanish Carolina Marin, who won gold in 2016 in Sindhu but will not be able to defend his title due to an injury, one of the most important players in the world could finish at the top of the podium.
“It won’t be easy. There are other good players like Tai Tzu (-ying), (Nozomi) Okuhara, Ratchanok (Intanon), (Akane) Yamaguchi, Chen Yu Fei,” Sindhu said.
“You can’t expect a win or an easy match, because it’s the Olympics and everyone will be ready.”
The 2019 world champion said he “most” had in mind to win gold.
Achieving such a grand prize would be especially special for India, as the Wide Nation has won the only gold sniper Abhinav Bindra at the 2008 Beijing 10-meter rifle airport.
“I tell myself,‘ It’s okay, I have to do it well and I don’t have to think about what will happen in the future and I have to take a match, ’Sindhu said.
Sindhu, who gained the attention of the world of badminton when he entered the top 20 at the age of 17 in September 2012, has been training at Tae-Sang Park in South Korea since 2019.
He lost in the final at the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham – the international pre-Games competition opened on July 23 – against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.
She is now seventh in the Women’s rankings, leading Taiwan’s Tai.
Many athletes who are preparing for the Games have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but Sindhu said badminton players have spent time using it to improve their techniques.
“Every athlete would learn a new skill or a new technique and that will be very difficult,” said Sindhu, who is training in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
“After a couple of months it will be different to play again. Everyone could come up with new strategies.”
Sindhu said he has been working with Park on his technique and skills, adding that “we have improved a bit”.
“I’m definitely at 100 percent right now. For me the rankings don’t matter if you play well and win, your ranking will automatically go up,” Sindhu said.
Organizers in India and other countries are not concerned about the stricter rules that coronavirus infections have dealt with so badly, saying it is a “new normal”.
“There are a lot of protocols this time: we can’t go out; we have to be in the bio-bubble; we try every day. But it’s important to pay attention to your game.
“When you are told about testing every day, many may say, ‘What is this? Why is it happening? Why just for us.’
“But it’s for everyone’s safety.”
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