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

How a Steakhouse in a Casino is Upping the Cocktail and Food Pairing Game

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven Say you’re at a casino. You’re a gambling man and you’ve just went on a run, cashing out with a couple thousand more in your pocket than when you started. What’re you going to do with that money? Going to walk quietly away and put it in your bank account? Maybe, but the more fun options would be to a) let it ride or b ) treat yourself to a nice meal to celebrate.Luckily, just about every casino has options for that, usually in the form of a fancy steakhouse. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Las Vegas; Atlantic City; Lake Charles, Louisianap or at a smaller casino in Washington State, you’re going to be able to find a place to dine without having to leave the casino environment.Find the restaurants that are putting time and effort into crafting meals worthy of your winnings.The thing is, not all casino steakhouses are created equal. Some offer very expensive dishes and drinks and don’t follow through on quality. They’re catering to people who want to blow money and don’t care about the caliber. These are not the places you want to go to. Instead, you want to find the restaurants that are putting time and effort into crafting meals that are worthy of your winnings (as if you were doing it at home). Better yet, you’ll want to find a place that creates all-star meals, but championship-level cocktails as well. If they can put those two things together with exemplary service, well, then you’ve got yourself a three-point play.You may be wondering about the basketball puns, but wonder no more! In order to see how a steakhouse can live up to the higher standard we just spoke of, we visited Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse at Ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, Washington (just over the state line from Portland, Oregon) for a cocktail and meal pairing. Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, which has locations in Chicago and Connecticut as well, is one of the anchor restaurants in the casino resort and serves up not only numerous of cuts of prime beef (“Steakmanship,” they call it), but also a rotating menu of spirits and cocktails that caters to the variety of people that visit Ilani.To get an idea of the different pairings you can make at the restaurant, here is the menu we sampled. Each is worth traveling for, as they exceeded our expectations. All three courses were slam dunks, you might say.(Sorry we’re not sorry about the puns.)Course OneDeviled Short Rib and New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp paired with Brandy Crusta Paired with: Pierre Ferand “Cigare” Cognac, Combier, fresh lemon, Luxardo Maraschino, Angostura bittersWhy it worked: The citrus components of the cocktail, in addition to the oak and spice components in the cognac, played against the succulent short rib bone marrow while enhancing the spiciness of the shrimp. While you wouldn’t want to do a bite of the short rib with a bite of the shrimp and a sip of the cocktail, alternating is a great way to experience a nice array of sensations, textures, and flavors in one course. Having a cocktail that can apply to two very different dishes isn’t the easiest thing to create, but the Brandy Crusta does just that.Course TwoBone-In New York Strip Steak (dry-aged 28 days) and MJ’s Delmonico (dry-ged 45 days) paired with John Wayne’s Last RideChase McPeak/The ManualPaired with: Old Forester, Punt e Mes, Campari, chocolate bittersWhy it worked: First, we must say that these steaks were simply divine. As we mentioned above, quality is at the top of the steakhouse’s tenets. This isn’t just lip service. These steaks were the epitome of perfectly cooked. The richness, then, of the steaks and their accouterments would need a strong, spirit-forward cocktail to cut through the fat and myriad flavors — like John Wayne’s Last Ride. The whiskey, bitters, and Italian amari work in union to highlight the flavors of the steak. They play off each other, making everything taste better with each successive bite or sip. (If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve had a great steak with a great bourbon, and you know what we’re talking about.)Course Three23 Layer Chocolate Cake paired with Second CircleChase McPeak/The ManualPaired with: Angel’s Envy bourbon, Taylor Fladgate Ruby Port, maple syrup, Angostura bittersWhy it worked: As with the steaks, this pairing needs a small precursor note. This cake is not just called a 23-layer cake because of MJ. It is literally 23 layers of decadence on a plate. That decadence is the key to both the food and the cocktail. The bourbon stands as a strong, smooth backbone, with the port and maple helping to round out the body. Bourbon and chocolate go together, port and chocolate go together. This is a case of A + B = C. Thankfully, the sweetness in the cocktail ingredients is muted by the whiskey and bitters, so it is not an overwhelmingly sugary pairing (which, considering the cake, it could’ve easily been). The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States center_img Editors’ Recommendations Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more