Going by means of a number of COVID exams and dwelling in a bio-bubble have turn into the brand new regular for worldwide athletes and Srikanth has skilled all of it in the previous few months.
“Issues aren’t as easy as they had been earlier than, this bio bubble and the whole lot are little difficult to cope with after which with false positives occurring, it turns into much more difficult,” Srikanth instructed PTI in an interview.
“You may’t complain in case you get a optimistic outcome as a result of you do not know whether it is truly a false optimistic, So issues are very powerful now.”
Srikanth, a former world primary, was left with a bloodied nostril after going by means of a number of COVID exams forward of the YONEX Thailand Open earlier this 12 months.
After that, he needed to withdraw from Toyota Thailand Open and keep confined to his lodge room in Bangkok for every week after his roommate and fellow shuttler B Sai Praneeth examined COVID-19 optimistic, which later turned out to be false.
“I really feel now we have misplaced the liberty to coach in line with our timings. It has been robbed. Within the pre-COVID days, I may go to the fitness center once I wished however now I’ve to go when I’m offered a time. You can’t put together the way in which we did earlier than,” he stated.
“I could not play extra matches in Thailand. I needed to play World Tour finals straightaway with out follow. In All England, I could not prepare as some gamers examined optimistic. So issues did not work my manner.
“However you may’t assume an excessive amount of about these items as a result of you may solely do what you will have in your hand. You simply have to regulate and dwell with this for the following 5-6 months at the least.”
He’s hoping to safe an Olympic berth with good outings within the final three qualifiers.
One space the place the Indian feels the Badminton World Federation (BWF) can take a look is meals.
“Meals is one thing which BWF ought to look into. I perceive it’s powerful to present everybody what they need however they will take just a little extra care, could also be just a little greater menu to pick out from,” he stated.
“The primary 3-4 days in All England after we weren’t allowed to exit, there weren’t too many choices, there was no rice choices.”
The 28-year-old Indian is now solely focussed on his efficiency within the final three Olympic qualifiers, beginning with the India Open, which is scheduled to be held behind closed doorways within the nationwide capital from Might 11 to 16.
“Initially there have been many occasions now simply three Olympic qualifiers and I simply hope that these three tournaments occur. The lockdown helped me to work on myself and I’m feeling a lot better now bodily,” stated Srikanth, a quarterfinalist at 2016 Rio Video games.
“I performed three shut video games within the World Tour finals. I feel in all probability one win in opposition to a high participant will give me that confidence. so I’ve three extra tournaments to show myself.”
Srikanth is positioned twentieth within the Race to Tokyo rating and holds the 14th place in world rating.
A finalist on the 2019 version of India Open, Srikanth is “undecided in regards to the guidelines in regards to the rankings anymore.”
“For me, it’s about doing effectively within the three occasions. If I play within the three occasions I shall be within the Olympics. It isn’t a really huge ask,” he stated.
“I in all probability need to play a semifinal or a few quarterfinals. I am truly feeling superb about my bodily situation in the meanwhile, so it’s about going there and giving my finest.”
Srikanth had dominated the circuit in 2017, profitable 4 titles along with his attacking sport.
Nevertheless it appears he has misplaced a few of his aggressive play of late.
“I used to be simply injured and with that comes limitations however I’m feeling a lot better now,” he signed off.