Saina Nehwal Aims to be Injury-Free in Run-Up to Rio Olympics
Saina Nehwal had pulled out of the Badminton Asia Team Championships, and was also sidelined from the Lucknow Open and South Asian Championships due to a foot injury.
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal has said that she wants to be injury-free in the run-up to the Rio Olympics. (Saina Pulls Out of Badminton Asia Team Championships)
"Last time, I was very fortunate to get bronze medal. So, hopefully, this time, if I play, I hope to get at least one medal for the country. I hope to be injury-free to participate in Rio Olympics," Saina, who is recovering from a foot injury, said. (Saina Wants Deepika Padukone for Her Biopic)
"I will be a proud moment for me to represent India for the third time," she added.
Owing to the injury, Saina had pulled out of Badminton Asia Team Championships, and was also sidelined from the Lucknow Open and South Asian Championships.
Asked whether Indians can expect a gold from her at Rio, Saina said, "Let us see, I cannot predict. I am not God to predict what I am going to get, but I will work hard, and will do my best."
Saina said she took time off from some important tournaments because she would hardly get a chance to recover from injury post June.
"I opted out from PBL and South Asian Championship, and also other tournaments, because I wanted to be fully fit by February. I knew I will not have time to recover post-June. I was completely out of shape ... I am now playing better. Lets see how it goes," she said.
The world No. 2 said she is using health apps to stay fit.
"Fitbit is a very good app and important too. I use it while practising. For exercises, I use a few sports app. These apps help me stay fit."