Hope the remaining Olympic qualifiers happen, feeling higher now bodily, says Kidambi Srikanth

Hope the remaining Olympic qualifiers happen, feeling higher now bodily, says Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth is now solely focussed on his efficiency within the final three Olympic qualifiers, beginning with the India Open, which is scheduled to be held behind closed doorways within the nationwide capital from 11 to 16 Might.

Hope the remaining Olympic qualifiers take place, feeling better now physically, says Kidambi Srikanth

File picture of Kidambi Srikanth. AFP

The COVID-19 pandemic has “robbed” athletes of the liberty to coach as per their comfort forward of the all-important Olympic Video games, says India’s ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth.

Going by means of a number of COVID-19 assessments and residing in a bio-bubble have turn into the brand new regular for worldwide athletes and Srikanth has skilled all of it in the previous couple of months.

“Issues aren’t as easy as they had been earlier than, this bio bubble and all the things are little sophisticated to cope with after which with false positives occurring, it turns into much more difficult,” Srikanth instructed PTI in an interview.

“You’ll be able to’t complain should you get a constructive end result since you don’t know whether it is really a false constructive, So issues are very robust now.”

Srikanth, a former world primary, was left with a bloodied nostril after going by means of a number of COVID assessments forward of the YONEX Thailand Open earlier this yr.

After that, he needed to withdraw from Toyota Thailand Open and keep confined to his lodge room in Bangkok for per week after his roommate and fellow shuttler B Sai Praneeth examined COVID-19 constructive, which later turned out to be false.

“I really feel we’ve misplaced the liberty to coach in line with our timings. It’s been robbed. Within the pre-COVID days, I may go to the fitness center after I needed however now I’ve to go when I’m offered a time. You can not put together the best way we did earlier than,” he mentioned.

“I couldn’t play extra matches in Thailand. I needed to play World Tour finals straightaway with out observe. In All England, I couldn’t practice as some gamers examined constructive. So issues didn’t work my means.

“However you’ll be able to’t suppose an excessive amount of about this stuff as a result of you’ll be able to solely do what you have got in your hand. You simply have to regulate and reside with this for the following 5-6 months at the least.”

He’s hoping to safe an Olympic berth with good outings within the final three qualifiers.

One space the place the Indian feels the Badminton World Federation (BWF) can take a look is meals.

“Meals is one thing which BWF ought to look into. I perceive it’s robust to present everybody what they need however they’ll take slightly extra care, could also be slightly larger menu to pick from,” he mentioned.

“The primary 3-4 days in All England after we weren’t allowed to exit, there weren’t too many choices, there was no rice choices.”

The 28-year-old Indian is now solely focussed on his efficiency within the final three Olympic qualifiers, beginning with the India Open, which is scheduled to be held behind closed doorways within the nationwide capital from 11 to 16 Might.

“Initially there have been many occasions now simply three Olympic qualifiers and I simply hope that these three tournaments occur. The lockdown helped me to work on myself and I’m feeling a lot better now bodily,” mentioned Srikanth, a quarterfinalist at 2016 Rio Video games.

“I performed three shut video games within the World Tour Finals. I feel in all probability one win in opposition to a high participant will give me that confidence. so I’ve three extra tournaments to show myself.”

Srikanth is positioned twentieth within the Race to Tokyo rating and holds the 14th place on the earth rating.

A finalist on the 2019 version of India Open, Srikanth is “unsure in regards to the guidelines in regards to the rankings anymore.”

“For me, it’s about doing nicely within the three occasions. If I play within the three occasions I will probably be within the Olympics. It’s not a really huge ask,” he mentioned.

“I in all probability must play a semifinal or a few quarterfinals. I’m really feeling superb about my bodily situation in the meanwhile, so it’s about going there and giving my greatest.”

Srikanth had dominated the circuit in 2017, successful 4 titles along with his attacking sport.

Nevertheless it appears he has misplaced a few of his aggressive play of late.

“I used to be simply injured and with that comes limitations however I’m feeling a lot better now,” he signed off.

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