There is pressure, but we look at it positively: Chirag-Satwik medal prospects at Paris Olympics

There is pressure, but we look at it positively: Chirag-Satwik medal prospects at Paris Olympics


Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty pose for pictures after winning the Thailand Open Super 500 title after defeating the Chinese pair of Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi 21-15, 21-15, in Bangkok on Sunday morning, May 19, 2024.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty pose for pictures after winning the Thailand Open Super 500 title after defeating Chinese pair of Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi 21-15, 21-15, in Bangkok on Sunday morning, May 19, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

The experienced team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, medal hopefuls at the upcoming Paris Olympics, say they are fully prepared to handle the pressure of expectations as they “look at it in a positive light.”

As the Olympic Games draw closer, both admit that a lot is expected of them.

While interacting with former Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik at Jio Cinema's 'Get Set Gold' event, Rankireddy emphasised his commitment to “make the country proud”.

“It is our responsibility to fly the Indian flag high at the Olympics. We will work hard to achieve it,” Rankireddy said.

Shetty aims to channel it positively to keep the focus on one’s goals, without getting distracted by the pressure.

“There is pressure, but we look at it in a positive light.”

Rankireddy and Shetty, who won bronze at the 2022 BWF World Championships and gold at the 2022 Asian Games, were the first Indian men's doubles pair to achieve the world number one ranking.

Shetty recalled the experience of her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 and the surreal feeling of living in the Olympic Village.

“Competing in Tokyo and realising that we are amongst the best athletes in the world was an incredible feeling. Walking around the village, I realised that these top athletes are just ordinary people, yet they are the best in their field.”

Rankireddy reveals his pre-match ritual with Tokyo 2020 gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.

“Neeraj was always present and used to greet everyone. I consider him lucky, so I used to shake hands with him before every match and say, 'Bhaiya, match hai'.”

Rankireddy also expressed the feelings of his parents about his achievements at such a young age.

“For them I am still a kid, not an internationally acclaimed player. They look at me the same way they did 10 years ago. They are grateful to God, and I am grateful to my parents and divine support for my journey.”

Shetty and Rankireddy are currently ranked third in the men's doubles BWF World Rankings and are serious contenders for Paris 2024.

In the past two years, the duo has won gold at the 2022 Asian Games and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as medals at the 2022 World Championships, 2022 Thomas Cup and 2023 Asian Championships.


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