Winning a medal in Olympics main goal right now: Kashyap

Having bagged a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games, upcoming shuttler Parupalli Kashyap has an ambitious goal now to win a medal in the Olympics to be held in London in 2012.

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 09:51 AM IST

Hyderabad: Having bagged a bronze medal
in the Commonwealth Games, upcoming shuttler Parupalli Kashyap
has an ambitious goal now to win a medal in the Olympics to be
held in London in 2012.

"After the experience in the Commonwealth Games, I
want to qualify for the London Olympics (in 2012). I want to
win a medal in the Olympics. That is the main goal right now.
But, in a month`s time, we have the Asian Games, that is the
next target, to do well there," he told reporters here.

Expressing happiness for winning the bronze in the
Commonwealth Games, he credited the coaching given to him by
Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand and another coach
Bhaskar Babu.

"I am very happy for winning the bronze medal. I was
disappointed with the semi final match. I wanted to be in the
final. Next day, I came back and won the bronze medal. I was
very happy," he said.

Kashyap, who beat Chetan Anand in the Badminton
singles event of the CWG to win the bronze, said he has been
consistently putting up a good performance against him.

"Since 2005-06, I have been beating Chetan. In the
national games final at Guwahati, I have defeated him. I am
the only guy who beaten him consistently. He has also beaten
me a few times. But this year, I really worked hard. My
performance in the international games was better than ever.
So I had that confidence. My coaches Gopichand sir, Bhaskar
Babu sir trained really hard which has helped me achieve this
medal," the Hyderabad player said.

Kashyap expressed confidence that his bronze-medal
winning performance in the Commonwealth Games would ensure a
slot among the top-10.

"I think few performances of mine this year, I
thought, have pushed me into the next phase and I think I am
very close to reaching the top 10. It is just a matter of
time. I think I need to work the same way I am doing," he
said.

PTI