Former Asian badminton champion Dinesh Khanna feels that the Indian shuttler’s, including two World Champion bronze medalists PV Sindhu can win medals at next year’s Rio Olympics but they need to find ways to deal with mental pressure during big matches.
“Saina and PV Sindhu will do well in the Olympics. Sindhu doing really well, but she often comes under pressure,” said Khanna on the sidelines of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton championship.
“Sindhu defeats most of the players above her ranking, but often she fails with players below her ranking. I think she comes under mental pressure.
“Nerves also play a role in big matches like Olympics. Winning in Olympics depends upon the form of the day,” said Khanna, who is also an Arjuna Awardee.
“It depends on who qualifies for Olympics. But I think K Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram are doing well,” Khanna said.
“There is a tendency that the senior international-level players are moving to corporate sectors after their career. But, it is important to bring them back to the field as coaches,” Khanna said.
The Indian shuttler’s have made quick progress with the likes of Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles while K Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram, HS Prannoy doing well in international tournaments.
Saina Nehwal needs to be at his peak if she has to repeat the heroics of London Olympics or better that in Rio. She has to improve her fitness and be ready for big matches. While Sindhu form has not been great in the year 2015 as her only notable performance in the year was the Denmark Open Super Series.
The doubles pair of Jwala Gutta/ Ponappa might qualify for the Olympics if they do well in 2016. It will be a big oppournity for the Indian shuttler’s to represent the country and win medals for the country at the world biggest stage competiting with top nations like China, Korea.