Former Badminton coach Vimal Kumar has said that Saina Nehwal’s next journey is tough after the coronavirus epidemic has shattered her dreams of playing in the Tokyo Olympics. The 31-year-old has been battling Saina’s injury and poor form since BWF canceled the last three qualifiers due to a coronavirus epidemic.
Vimal told PTI, “He came to light in 2005-06 and inspired the next generation because of Prakash Padukone. He has played consistently well and played for many years. Taking to the number one ranking, Vimal believes that “London Olympic bronze medalists can give them a few more years if Indian badminton plays with the right plan and takes care of their body.”
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“She can play for a few more years but it can be tough. She only has to play select tournaments with the right technique. She won silver and bronze at the World Championships and the bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.Saina reached the quarter-finals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she returned from the second round of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Missed out on qualifying.
Asked if he would be able to play in the next Olympics, Vimal said, “It’s very difficult. She keeps getting hurt. However, I believe the Olympics should no longer be their priority. “He is still better than the young players but now the focus is on the youngsters. If he has a passion for playing, he should play on the circuit on his own. Her coach is now Parupalli Kashyap. If she can play for a few more years it will be good for the Indian players.
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