Lean phase helped me to prepare much better for Olympics: K Srikanth
India’s badminton player K Srikanth said that a lean phase helped him to prepare much better for Rio Olympics. He will be only Indian singles player to represent the country. It will be his first Olympic games.
“I was tense but not for my qualification, it was my game that I was worried about since I knew if I can play well, I will automatically qualify,” Srikanth, currently ranked World No. 11, told PTI.
“I was not worried about my ranking, I was worried because I was not getting time to train. I was playing one event after another whether it was PBL, Malaysia, SAF games, or German Open or Asian Badminton Championship there was no time.
“But I think it kind of helped me identify the areas where I need to work on and it helped me in my preparation of Olympics. Every match counts, every tournament counts, whether it is a win or loss, it is all about how you take it. you need to take the positives out of every match you play. So it kind of helped me” he explained.
“I was happy to qualify. It was a big dream. I knew it but in May to actually officially qualify was a big moment. I hope I can make India proud.”
It will be a tough Olympics for K Srikanth as he will face the likes of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei who will play their last Olympics.
In 2016, K Srikanth despite winning 20 matches had a disappointing time winning only 1 tournament and reaching the semifinals of Australian Open Super Series. He has played 29 matches, winning 20 and losing 9.
K Srikanth is currently at number 11 in BWF rankings. With no Kashyap, it will be on K Srikanth to deliver the goods for the country.
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