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Chetan guns for C’wealth Games gold

India's top ranked shuttler Chetan Anand has set his priorities clear for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

India’s top ranked shuttler Chetan Anand has set his priorities clear for the Commonwealth Games 2010. Chetan who is in the state capital for taking part in the Syed Modi Memorial Grand Prix Tournament 2009 said a win in the tournament would set just the right momentum for the international meets next year besides giving him his first Grand Prix title at home.

Talking to The Indian Express,Chetan said “I had won the individual bronze and the team championship bronze in the Commonwealth Games held at Melbourne. Now with the prestigious event being held in India,I would settle for nothing less than a gold. To be honest,I feel that playing in India amid home support,it will be a little more easier.”

Chetan though admitted that playing with lower ranked foreign players here will not provided him good competition for the Commonwealth Games but said that this tournament “will go a long way in helping the Indians assess their fitness level and all top players should take part in such reputed tournaments. I have participated in Syed Modi Badminton on quite a few occasions. I had been the finalist a couple of times while I had also won the tournament once. I am eagerly looking forward to put up a good show once again.”

He said this exposure will also help the Indians to a great extent in the Malaysia Super Series and the Korea Super Series to be held in January next year.

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Talking about his preparations,for the Commonwealth Games,Chetan said,“I have been training abroad in patches for the past one year. I play for German Club- Berlin where I often play club matches with some of the top players. So all this is going to help in the Commonwealth Games.” The 29-year-old was quite content with the way things were progressing in badminton in the country. “Teams are being sent abroad on government expenditure. Even youth teams are also being given exposure which is going to help in the long run. For seniors,a think a trip to Denmark or Indonesia could do wonders.”

Chetan who is presently ranked 17th in the world,said that he does not give too much importance to world ranking and concentrates more on “winning good matches.” The Arjuna awardee who has won numerous medals for India,was full of praise for Prakash Padukone Academy,Bangalore. “Sometimes I go to the Academy for training like I did before the World Championships at Hyderabad earlier this year. Though I reached the pre-quarters but definitely,the experience there helped me greatly.”

First published on: 17-12-2009 at 04:36:44 am
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