Sai Praneeth, optimist arriving at the Tokyo Olympics

HYDERABAD: The race for the individual entries of Indian men in badminton in the Tokyo Olympics Está ganando impulso. Solo dos jugadores in the top 16 de las clasificaciones mundiales de cada país hacen el corte para los Juegos Olímpicos.

In female singles PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal They are more or less sure to qualify for the mega event. But seven ferries are on the run in the men's section: Kidambi Srikanth (No.12), Sai Praneeth (11), Parupalli Kashyap (23), HS Prannoy (26), Sourabh Verma (28), Lakshya Sen (32) and Sameer Verma (33).

Good performances in the next eight major tournaments and a ranking among the top 16 before April 26 will give them a ticket to Tokyo.

Los próximos cuatro meses serán tensos, reconoció Praneeth. Jugar a los Juegos Olímpicos y ganar una medalla es el sueño de todos los corredores. Pero la competencia por los dos puestos olímpicos en individuales masculinos es bastante ajustada. Estoy in the puesto número 11 y creo que tengo muchas posibilidades de lograrlo. No veo cualquier problema ya que no tengo que defender muchos puntos este año, pero los próximos cuatro meses serán tensos , dijo Praneeth y agregó que el campo está abierto.

Many of us have the opportunity to qualify. Srikanth is 12th, Kashyap is 23rd and Prannoy 26th. If they perform well in two or three tournaments, their ranking will improve and be interesting, said Sai, who will lead the Raptors of Bengaluru. in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), which begins on January 20.

Just as he looked ahead with hope, Praneeth also looked back in the year gone by, fondly. "Last year was the best in my life. Many good things happened. I won bronze in the Worlds, I got the Arjuna Award and also married Life is good after marriage, I know it will be good because you always have someone to support you.

He also credited last PBL season for his success. "Playing well in PBL gave me a lot of confidence. In fact, I started playing well after PBL and went on to win the bronze in the Worlds. PBL gives an opportunity to train with foreign players, coaches and I learnt from them. There will be pressure on me this year as Bangalore have made me the captain. Last year, Srikanth took all the pressure. I thought they would make Tai Tzu Ying captain," Praneeth said.

The 27-year-old said he is working hard in his physical state, since that is the key to success. I am working hard in my physical state. Every time I maintained my physical condition I did well, so I am working very hard on it.

Praneeth said Lakshya Sen should start playing big events now. Lakshya is playing well. It has risen very fast. Now he has to start playing Super-300, 500 and other great events, Praneeth said and congratulated the teenager who won five tournaments last year.