Editor Image Courtesy:
12 Aug, 2021
It’s now been a couple of weeks since their heartbreaking exit at the Tokyo Olympics, and yet Chirag Shetty admits that it still is a little hard to come to terms with the same. Speaking at a virtual press conference organized as part of the upcoming ‘Mumbai Ultra Run,’ Chirag termed the exit unfortunate and somewhat unexpected.
“I thought we would go to quarterfinals after the win on the first day but unfortunately three pairs, including us, won two matches each and it was decided by games won, so it was unfortunate but overall, it was a good experience,” said the doubles ace.
Looking back at their time in Tokyo, Chirag called it a mixed bag of experiences but then one that they could use in the future when some of the other big-ticket tournaments come around towards the end of the year, like the world championships.
“We knew from the beginning that our group was tough with world No. 3 and 1 and Great Britain there. But to go out despite winning two matches did hurt us. People whom we beat, to see them win gold was difficult,” admitted Chirag.
However, such is life and Chirag is surely trying to get a move on and focus on the positives. There are a lot of big tournaments on the horizon and make sure they win laurels for the country.
In addition to the world championships in December, there is Sudirman Cup, the Thomas Cup, a few super series, and a possible year-end world tour finals for the young Indian duo to look forward to. And all in the space of about 3-4 months will be quite the cramped scheduled for the top-10 ranked doubles pair.
“There are a lot of positives to take from the Olympics, we played well game-wise and there are a lot of tournaments coming up like the Sudirman Cup, Thomas Cup and World Championship in December.
“So, we will look to do well in these events and hopefully we can come back with a medal,” signed off Chirag.
He is currently catching up on a short break while his partner Satwik is also away for some family time, and they will soon resume training to start working towards the aforementioned tournaments.