Fitness level of 2017 not enough to win 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Kidambi Srikanth

first_imgFitness level of 2017 not enough to win 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Kidambi SrikanthKidambi Srikanth said he needs to improve his fitness standards if he wants to achieve his goal of playing in a lot of finals and competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 23:49 IST Kidambi Srikanth said his fitness level of 2017 is not enough to win the Tokyo Olympics and he needs to match new standards (@BAI_Media)HIGHLIGHTSSrikanth said badminton has become very physical and he needs to improve his fitnessHe said his goal is to play lot of finals and compete at the Tokyo OlympicsSrikanth will face China’s Huang Yuxiang in the India Open semi-final on SaturdayKidambi Srikanth said the game has become very physical and he needs to match new fitness standards if wants to achieve his goal of playing finals consistently and competing at the Tokyo Olympics.Srikanth said his fitness level of 2017 – when he won four titles – is not enough to get results now.”My goal is to play a lot of finals,” Srikanth said after outwitting fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth 21-23 21-11 21-19 in a 62-minute pulsating contest to finally snap his series of quarterfinal finishes.”Players have become much fitter since 2017, they have grown from there. If I’m as fit as I was in 2017, I don’t think that’s enough for 2019.”Asked about his progress, Srikanth said, “I’ve grown from 2017, I became world no.1, I’ve won a commonwealth medal, I’m thinking about 2020 now.”It’s about doing well at the Olympics for me. It’s a month from now, the qualification is going to start – it’s about improving my fitness and doing well at the Olympics.”Talking about his close match with Praneeth, the former world no 1, said: “After losing the first set and being 7-1 down in the second to coming back in the lead with 8-7 was the turning point.”After 1-1, I gave him too many one-stroke points and there were no rallies so I thought of building rallies and fight for every point.”When you play with a fellow player, it’s definitely going to be this close and a bit of luck and few important point in the end makes the difference. I was just happy with the way I played.”advertisementSrikanth will face China’s Huang Yuxiang for a place in the final.Also Read | India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap seal semi-final spotsAlso Read | Smoking to be banned at 2020 Olympic and Paralympic venues in Tokyo, claim organisersAlso Read | Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveils robots to help wheelchair users and workersAlso Watch | Security ROBOT tested in Tokyo train station ahead of 2020 OlympicsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Kidambi SrikanthFollow BadmintonFollow Tokyo Olympics 2020Follow fitness standardslast_img read more