Confident Bhamidipati Sai Pranith, the sole representative of India’s men’s badminton singles in Tokyo 2020, ahead of his Olympic debut, the 28-year-old believes he has an advantage in taking part in the fantastic event. Braneth maintained the world rankings No. 15 to qualify for his first-ever Olympics. No men’s singles player from India has progressed more than a quarter-final at the Olympics, but winner Arjuna has set his sights on ending that drought soon as he hopes to come home with a medal.
“No one knows how people play, how everyone trains or what area they are getting better at. It’s a thing [the same for] everybody. It’s a new way to play tournaments, what’s more, Olympics and top players will definitely be under pressure. “So I hope this is a good thing for me,” Braneth said in a video posted by Olympics.com.
“I think it’s not easy for them because they don’t know how to play. When you see [a player] In practice everything looks fine. Only when you play a tournament will you know how well you played or how bad you did. I definitely think it will make an impact and I feel this could be an advantage for me.”
Praneth is feeling in good shape by participating in 4 tournaments this year. However, the canceled tournaments saw world number one Srikanth Kedambi not make the Olympic qualifiers but is now helping Praneth prepare for his Olympic debut.
“So there are a few players who train with me and Srikanth is there too, he plays with me sometimes. The training is going well and I am focusing on my fitness. I think from a game perspective, everyone is going to play well and for me for a long time since I’m fit, I think I can to play my game.”
“You know you can win a medal, so yeah, you have to practice for the medal. And you don’t have to just participate. So, definitely winning a medal is the main goal. If you really can get something, and if it’s not going, I think you should.” You try one hundred percent to the end. That’s what I believe in.”
The 2019 World Championships medalist understands what he must do to do well at the upcoming Olympics.
“Sometimes a good win gives you a lot of confidence and that’s what happened in WC in 2019. Sometimes the lack of confidence is also the main point for me. Because no matter how good or fit you are, sometimes you are because of confidence issues that can spoil the game.”
Speaking about his first relationship with badminton at the Olympics, Braneth said, “The 2008 Beijing Olympics was the first time I watched the men’s singles final between Lin Dan and Li Zhongwei. I will never forget that match which was the best match he played in Lin Dan.” He was completely in control.”
Earlier on Monday, the BWF announced 87 male and 86 female players who will compete in Tokyo 2020 where a total of 50 National Olympic Committees from five continents will be represented in the competition, which will begin on July 24 at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza.
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