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HS Prannoy wants to win more tournaments in the build-up to Paris Olympics

World no. 9 HS Prannoy has decided to play 7-8 tournaments prior to the 2024 Paris Olympics to secure his spot in the mega event.

HS Prannoy Badminton

HS Prannoy


Pritish Raj

Updated: 16 Jan 2024 6:09 AM GMT

New Delhi: India's most consistent singles player in 2023, HS Prannoy wants to win more tournaments in the build-up to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Prannoy won Malaysia Masters 2023 along with bronze medals at World Championships and Asian Games.

"A lot of good things happened in 2023 and to have both Asian Games and World Championships medals in one month was unbelievable," Prannoy told media ahead of the India Open Super 750 tournament here.

"My target this year is to win tournaments consistently and not just play the semis and finals," he added.

Last week, Prannoy started his campaign in 2024 with a first-round loss against Anders Antonsen of Denmark at the Malaysia Open 2024.

However, the Indian shuttler is not disappointed with the defeat after coming back to the circuit following a prolonged injury layoff. Prannoy's season was cut short by a back injury in 2023 after his bronze medal-winning performance at the Asian Games in October.

"You can’t be disappointed with a couple of losses when you are playing 19-20 tournaments in a year. There is no time to sulk," Prannoy said.

Prannoy will be leading India's charge at the India Open and will play Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the opening round on Tuesday.

"I have been playing India Open since 2012 and I have good memories here. I have the hunger to go out there and win the tournament," he said.

Focusing on smaller goals in the race to the Olympics

Currently ranked ninth in the BWF Race to Paris rankings, Prannoy does not want to think too much about the Olympics now; he would rather take a tournament at a time.

"I think there is a lot of time for Paris and I am focusing on smaller goals at the moment looking at the next couple of months," said Prannoy.

"It is a place where everybody wants to be, I would like to be there for sure but for me, these smaller goals are very important at the moment, " he added.

He has also decided to participate in 7-8 tournaments in a busy year where managing fitness and injury will be key.

“Until April 2024, we have the qualification period, so until that, we might push for more tournaments, but the plan is to pick and choose after you qualify and then gradually peaking before the Olympics," he said.

Good training plan and communication are helpful

"It is really important to programme your training plan in advance and keep in mind the whole badminton calendar," Prannoy said while talking about the importance of managing workload during the hectic schedule.

"My team including Guru, Gopi sir, and trainer Rohan has been communicating well to keep the whole process smooth," he added further.

Despite having a stellar year last season, Prannoy had his fair share of struggles with injuries in the year.

He played with a strapped back en route to his bronze medal-winning performance at the Asian Games and had to pull out of the team event final against China.

"The good communication and planning by the team has helped to pick a tournament. Even if you are not fit, it is better to leave that tournament and focus on the next one, as there are many events," Prannoy said

"It is important to respect the body and take decisions accordingly," he concluded.

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