For damage hit Satwik, this Asian championship title is a stepping stone for Olympics


Badminton gamers Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy pose for pictures after profitable the gold medal in males’s doubles at Badminton Asia Championships 2023, in Dubai on April 30, 2023.
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For injury-hit R. Satwiksairaj, it has by no means been simple to stage these comebacks given the sort of psychological and bodily challenges he has to face.

However, the gifted shuttler believed in a single mantra — good issues are all the time ready for me regardless of unhealthy phases.

“Well, I always believed in God, especially during those testing times. Fortunately, this Asian Championship doubles gold (partnering Chirag Shetty) after coming back from an injury was another special and unforgettable,” Satwik knowledgeable The Hindu in a chat from Dubai whilst the sensation of being newly-crowned champions hasn’t but sunk in.

“It is never easy to keep winning, especially given these kinds of challenges. What hurt us (him and his partner Chirag Shetty) was that we were losing because of an injury and not for playing badly,” he stated.

“Definitely, the fatigue factor is a huge one as we keep playing tournaments given this being the Olympics qualification year,” Satwik stated.

“But, definitely, thanks to the continuous support of our doubles coach Mathias Boy, we now understand better how to respect the body and the mind. This we feel is very important to keep winning major titles,” the doubles specialist stated. “We are grateful to the entire support staff including the physios,” he added.

“Given the nature of our game, more so for me since I play the attacking game with all those jumps, we realise the importance of recovery with sound sleep, proper diet and equally invaluable workouts,” 22-year-old Satwik defined.

“Honestly, we never felt any pressure. In fact, we play much better under pressure and that is the reason why we won so many finals,” he stated.

Q. What’s the huge change within the recreation now?

A. “We both are mentally much stronger and no more in a hurry to finish off the games. Like our coach Boe used to play, never concede easy points and scoring points even when the opponents were playing a better game, we are mastering that art of picking points to stay in the contest to turn around the fortunes,” Satwik stated.

“No we don’t feel that we are in the safe zone as Olympics qualification is concerned. For our target is to break into the top four and not be content being in the top 16. For better rankings mean better draw in the Olympics,” he stated.

Q. What was the largest problem when at residence throughout the damage break?

A. “Felt really bad when I missed the Asia mixed championship. For team events are real fun and you have the entire contingent supporting you and somehow we always gave our best in them,” Satwik stated.

“I would certainly rate the Asian Championship doubles gold in the top three with the Thomas Cup being the best for obvious reasons,” the champion shuttler stated.

The subsequent huge targets are to win medals within the Sudirman Cup and the Asian Video games. We need to maintain the momentum going within the run-up to the 2024 Paris Olympics for certain, a delighted Satwik signed off.

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