India’ s prime paddler G. Sathiyan made his debut within the 2018 Commonwealth Video games in Gold Coast, Australia when India ended up with its greatest medal haul of eight.
Now, with expertise of taking part in on the Asian Video games and Tokyo Olympics behind him, the 29-year-old is raring to go to compete in his second CWG in Birmingham.
Sathiyan admitted that the competitors in Birmingham can be stronger than the 2018 CWG however India can anticipate a bunch of medals.
“[We won] eight medals final time. It’s not going to be simple to repeat it. The Indian group is absolutely robust in males’s and ladies’s. If we might win at the very least 5-6 medals in CWG, it could be incredible and an excellent CWG,” Sathiyan mentioned at a digital choose media convention.
Explaining the competitors in Birmingham, Sathiyan mentioned England at residence and Nigeria will probably be robust rivals within the males’s group occasions. “Singapore and Canada as properly have some good gamers. We undoubtedly have a terrific probability to win a medal in each occasion. However the competitors will definitely be immense,” he noticed.
Sathiyan, ranked thirty fifth on the earth, mentioned this time considered one of his major objectives can be to win a medal in singles. “Competitors is tough. We’ve got England’s (Liam) Pitchford, Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna who’re excellent gamers. It could be incredible if I might deliver residence a medal in singles this time,” he mentioned, whereas expressing satisfaction with the coaching camp and preparations of the group.
In accordance with Sathiyan, his mixture–the lads’s doubles with Sharath Kamal and blended doubles with Manika Batra–will probably be occasions that India definitely has a giant probability to win a medal.
He feels that the draw of the lads’s group is difficult. “This time round we may be seeded three, a bit difficult the place we’d have to fulfill England within the semis. In singles, too, I and Sharath are seeded three and 4. Draw generally is a little difficult nevertheless it’s not a significant difficulty,” mentioned Sathiyan.
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