HS Prannoy is confident about the Indian contingent clinching medals at the Paris Olympics

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HS Prannoy, a World Championship medallist, is gearing up for the Paris Olympics 2024 with a sense of optimism and confidence. In an interview with OneIndia, Prannoy expressed his belief in the potential of Indian shuttlers to secure medals across all badminton events.

HS Prannoy exhales optimism for a great run at the Paris Olympics

Prannoy, who is the highest Indian-ranked player and ninth in the world in the men’s singles category, is excited to represent the country in his first Olympics. He acknowledges the challenges of the qualification period, especially the need to remain injury-free and play a full tournament. However, he also sees this period as a time of motivation, particularly with the participation of two Indian players in men’s singles for the first time in a long time.

The Indian contingent for the Paris Olympics 2024 is strong and diverse. Alongside Prannoy, Lakshya Sen will compete in men’s singles. Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu is aiming for her third medal in the prestigious event. In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto will represent India, with Ponnappa participating in her third Olympics. The biggest hope lies on the shoulders of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who clinched a gold medal in the Hangzhou Asian Games.

Prannoy believes that every Indian shuttler has a chance at winning a medal. He points out that Indian shuttlers have done exceptionally well in bigger events over the last 4-5 years, including the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. He feels that the key to success at the Olympics is to be extremely well-prepared, both mentally and physically, for the duration of the tournament.

Prannoy’s optimism is not unfounded. Indian shuttlers have consistently won medals in the Olympics, including two bronze and one silver. The expectation from the Indian shuttlers for the Paris Olympics 2024 is not just a change in the colour of the medal, but also more than one medal in one Olympic event.

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