Lakshya Sen Prioritizes the World Championships Before Asian Games
Lakshya Sen, a badminton player from India, has set his sights on extending his recent success at the World Championships before turning his attention to the upcoming Asian Games. Sen, who recently won a title in Canada and reached the semi-finals in both the US Open and Japan Open, is hoping to continue his strong form at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, which begins on August 21.
“These past tournaments have really helped me prepare for the World Championships,” Sen said. “I have been in good form recently, but there are still areas where I can improve.”
Sen, who won a bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships, is also looking forward to competing at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, which is scheduled to take place from September 23 to October 8. However, his primary focus is on the World Championships for now.
“The Asian Games is a special event that only happens once every four years,” Sen explained. “I have participated in similar big events before, like the Youth Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, and they have been great learning experiences for me. But right now, my main priority is the World Championships, and then I will shift my focus to the Asian Games.”
Sen has had a challenging journey since last year’s World Championships, when he underwent nasal surgery to correct a deviated septum. It took him eight months to fully recover, and his performance suffered as a result. However, in recent months, Sen has been feeling great on the court and believes that the training he has done has made a significant difference.
“I have made some changes, including bringing in a new trainer and working with a sport and exercise-science specialist,” Sen said. “With the support of my father and coach, I am able to focus on my training and avoid injuries. I have also overcome some health issues that were affecting my performance.”
As the Olympic qualification period approaches, Sen understands the importance of performing well in tournaments to secure a spot. He acknowledges that the schedule is demanding, but he is prioritizing his physical well-being and aims to have a good training week followed by a successful tournament.
“I am prepared to play many matches and take care of my body,” Sen stated. “This year is crucial for everyone in terms of Olympic qualification, and I am focused on doing well in the early stages of qualification.”
Overall, Sen’s immediate goal is to perform well at the World Championships and then shift his attention to the Asian Games. He also aims to break into the top 8 in the world rankings and eventually reach the top 5.
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