It is sad that Saina Nehwal couldn’t qualify for Tokyo Olympics this year: Vimal Kumar

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Saina Nehwal's erstwhile manager Vimal Kumar rued his erstwhile prima student's atrocious luck arsenic she missed a fistful of opportunities to publication a quota for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics this twelvemonth owed to her injuries and inconsistency.

It came arsenic a rude daze for badminton fans arsenic the 31-year-old Saina Nehwal failed to suffice for her 4th Olympic Games this twelvemonth aft the cancelled the past 3 qualifiers owed to the coronavirus pandemic.

“She came into the limelight successful 2005-06 and has been a large inclination setter aft Prakash Padukone. She has been consistent, played galore years and it is bittersweet that she couldn’t suffice this year. I conjecture she has been a spot unlucky successful the past 2 Games,” Vimal told PTI.

Vimal, who had guided Saina to the satellite fig 1 ranking, feels the London Olympics bronze medallist tin service Indian badminton for a fewer years, provided she plans things amended and takes attraction of her body.

“She tin proceed for fewer years but it is going to beryllium tough. She has to program things better, people circumstantial tournaments and enactment towards it.

“With her acquisition she tin inactive bushed the champion players but she shouldn’t look astatine ranking due to the fact that it volition beryllium hard to play the circuit and besides enactment wounded free.”

The shuttler has claimed implicit 24 planetary titles, including 11 Superseries crowns successful a stellar career, too winning a metallic and bronze astatine the World Championships and a bronze astatine 2012 London Games.

Saina, who had reached the quarterfinals astatine the Beijing Games, suffered a career-threatening genu wounded conscionable days up of the 2016 Rio Olympics, which saw her bow retired successful the 2nd round.

A determined Saina, however, returned to drawback her 2nd Commonwealth Games golden successful 2018 and remained connected people for a Tokyo berth earlier slipping successful the past 2 years.

Is it imaginable to pursuit different Olympics?

“It is precise difficult. She has been getting injured consistently. I dont know, it is simply a pugnacious task and, to beryllium honest, Olympics shouldn’t beryllium the precedence anymore,” Vimal said.

“Her show has seen a dependable diminution since January 2019 erstwhile she won the Indonesia last aft Carolina Marin got injured. After that she has not done thing remarkable. Of course, it was each COVID for astir parts.”