Lakshya Sen, star Indian badminton icon, reveals he has focused on improving his speed and variations in preparation for the new season, as he seeks title victories in the Asian and European, with his ultimate goal- to gain a berth for the 2024 Paris Olympic games.
After winning the India Open and claiming a silver medal at the All England Championships to kickstart the year 2022, Sen also secured gold at the Commonwealth Games as well as playing a crucial role in India’s historic triumph at the Thomas Cup.
The 21-year-old, who hails from Almora, Uttarakhand, believes the time is right for him to test himself further during a busy season, including the Asian Games and the World Championships.
“This is the right time for me. If I can maintain this ranking and keep improving, I have a good chance to qualify. Unfortunately, last time I was close to qualifying, but few events didn’t happen due to COVID-19, but those are all learning experiences,” Sen said in a recent interview with PTI. “I’m mainly focusing on my fitness. After my nose surgery, my fitness went down, but I got time during the off-season to get it back. I worked a lot on my speed, quickness in attacking and variation from the backcourt. I am steadily working on my defence.”
“Playing the big events gave me a lot of confidence. I have experienced playing in the top circuit. So I will try to remain injury-free and play freely in the event,” he went on, “I have to plan the season properly as lots of important events are coming up. I have to pick and choose the right ones. It will be all about maintaining a good ranking and pre-tournament and off-season training to keep myself fit.”
“I plan to play three events in Asia and three in Europe in the next few months. Once Olympic qualification starts in May, I have to see how I do and take a call as the season goes ahead. My target is to qualify in the first half so that I can plan the rest of the tournaments better,” added Sen.