Chirag and Satwik are in a tough group where anything can happen, says doubles coach Mathias Boe


Like a real skilled, Mathias Boe is optimistic in regards to the prospects of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian males’s doubles pair of Chirag and Satwik have been handed a troublesome draw however the Danish badminton doubles legend shouldn’t be too nervous about it.

Mathias Boe, who celebrated his forty first birthday final week with a lunch date together with his girlfriend and Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu, is the doubles coach of the Indian crew. The previous World No. 1 within the males’s doubles, Boe and his Danish companion Carsten Mogensen have been teaching the Indian pair of Chirag and Satwik since January 2021.

The Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) employed the companies of Boe on contract till the Tokyo Olympics. The southpaw Boe, a silver medalist on the 2012 London Olympics, is India’s second specialist doubles coach from a overseas nation after Tan Kim Her. The Malaysian was India’s first skilled doubles coach in the course of the 2015-2019 interval. The pair of Chirag and Satwik have been initially guided by Tan Kim Her.

In line with Boe, the pair of Chirag and Satwik have hardly performed any tournaments within the final seven months as a result of raging pandemic, and it has solely been ‘apply and apply’. Boe would have favored Chirag and Satwik to play some tournaments earlier than a significant competitors just like the Olympics however, he mentioned, the scenario is similar for everybody.

Mathias Boe believes Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj must give their greatest in a troublesome group

Boe believes Chirag and Satwiksairaj must actually give their greatest in the event that they need to make the reduce for the knock-outs. The boys’s doubles Group A consists of world No. 1 Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia and world No. 3 pair Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese language Taipei. It additionally has world No. 18 duo Ben Lane and Sean Vendy of England.

The previous world No. 7 mixture of Chirag and Satwiksairaj will tackle Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of their opening Group A match on July 24.

Sixteen pairs have been equally divided into 4 teams. Solely the highest two groups from every group will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Boe, who didn’t pressure his European model of play on the Indians, mentioned the boys have been nicely ready and prepared for the large problem. He added that the homework has been executed nicely and it’s time for the ultimate examination.

Listed here are excerpts from the unique interview of Boe:

Q: How are the preparations going for the Tokyo Olympics?

A: I really feel it has been good. It’s been many weeks for the boys simply to apply, as usually we’d have extra tournaments earlier than a giant occasion. They’ve labored very onerous. So I’ll say the homework has been executed nicely.

Q: Are you glad with the way in which Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are responding to your teaching?

A: They’ve acquired my inputs with open arms. I haven’t tried to pressure them to play a sure model. They need to play their model and we’ve got labored on including a number of issues to it.

Q: Chirag and Satwik are drawn in Group A, which additionally has the world No. 1 pair and the world No. 3 pair. How would you fee the probabilities of the Indian boys?

A: It’s a powerful group, clearly, but additionally a bunch the place something can occur. We’re touring to Tokyo with the aim of taking part in as near our greatest as potential. We all know we will beat all of the pairs, and we additionally know we will lose to all of them. So it’s about having fun with every minute we’ve got on court docket.

Q: That is your first Olympics as a coach. Chirag and Satwik are additionally competing of their maiden Olympics. Are you guys just a little nervous?

A: Sure, we might be nervous. If not, we aren’t human. Nevertheless it’s about having some instruments to scale back nerves when it occurs. Sports activities at this degree is usually psychological.

Q: Your contract is just until the Tokyo Olympics. Given the chance, are you planning to increase your contract with BAI?

A: Proper now, all my focus is on the Olympics and making an attempt to assist all of the Indian gamers carry out at their greatest.


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