Sports news | Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu Aims to Capture Final Frontier As Badminton Contingent Aim For Better Record (Preview)


By Anukul Chauhan

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): Two days before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, athletes all over the world want to put the finishing touches on their preparations on the way to the flagship event. The Indian contingent is no different as 127 athletes will try to give their all and bring glory to the country. The shuttles in the contingent are undoubtedly fighting for medals at the games.

The Indian badminton contingent will use four shuttles in three different events, led by a very determined PV Sindhu and debutant B Sai Praneeth. The other two Indian shuttles that qualified for the flagship event are Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in men’s doubles.

With two medals at the Olympics, badminton is India’s third most successful sport at the Summer Olympics after hockey and wrestling. All eyes will again be on the 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medalist PV Sindhu in the women’s singles. The 2019 world champion Sindhu will face Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova in the league stage. In the individual competition in particular, the best player in each group qualifies for the knockout phase.

“In the group stage I will play the girl from Hong Kong [Cheung Ngan Yi] and it’s not easy, I’ve played with it before and it plays well. So I just think about one game at a time and the rest depends on that particular day, “Sindhu told ANI when talking about her draw.

Sindhu currently number two in the world, Sindhu is in top form and reached the final of the Swiss Open and the semifinals of the All England Open in March.

Sindhu knows what’s at stake in the flagship event as, under the guidance of her new coach Park Tae-sang, she’s hoping to pick up the elusive gold she narrowly missed against Carolina Marin in Rio.

Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth will be India’s only representative in men’s singles in badminton at Tokyo 2020. The 28-year-old Shuttle has claimed his number 15 in the world rankings to qualify for his very first Olympic Games. No Indian men’s singles player has ever reached the quarter-finals at the Olympics, but the Arjuna Prize winner is determined to end that drought soon as he hopes to return home with a medal.

Sai Praneeth was given respite as he was seeded 13th in Group D. Praneeth meets Mark Caljouw from the Netherlands and Israel’s Misha Zilberman in the league phase. The 2019 World Cup medalist is set to create some excitement in the competition, which begins July 24th at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza.

The men’s doubles, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, have placed in a very tough Group A. The duo have to face the top seeded Indonesian pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, Lee Yang and Wang Chi. from China are -Lin and England’s duo Ben Lane and Sean Vendy.

87 players and 86 players will compete against each other at Tokyo 2020, a total of 50 NOCs from five continents will be represented in the competition. With all the star shuttles excited about their recent accomplishments, the Indian contingent will take a number of podiums at the Tokyo Olympics. But at the beginning you have to concentrate on the essentials and not let the pressure of expectation get you down. (ANI)

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