Home advantage still not lost: Soumyadeep

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2010, 20:30 PM IST

Jaipur: Exposure trip to China will hold the
Indian paddlers in good stead in this year`s Commonwealth
Games and that the delay in the completion of the venues will
not rob them of the crucial home advantage, believes South
Asian Games gold medallist in men`s doubles Soumyadeep Roy.

"We are having a pro-tour and then a camp in China and
perhaps one more camp in India. We would still be having at
least 15-20 days in our hands before the Delhi CWG kicks off.
The home advantage means more of the support from the crowd
because the tables are same," Soumyadeep said.

"The home support might also play as a pressure situation
for us because there would be lot of expectations. But still
it would be nice to have your countrymen cheering. We have
been working hard and TTFI and the government lending us all
their support. Now it`s our turn to prove their efforts right,
said Soumyadeep, who had skipped the European circuit in order
to focus on the Delhi CWG.”

Soumyadeep said the presence of Melbourne 2006
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Achanta Sharath Kamal will
boost Team India`s medal hopes in the October 3-14 event.

"He is best among us and now has gained great experience.
His knowledge and helpful attitude will prove invaluable for
us," he said.