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first_imgKashyap, ranked a lowly 64 currently, said he wanted to Kashyap, ranked a lowly 64 currently, said he wanted to focus on the year ahead and not constantly rue over what happened this year. “I have everything to look forward to next year and not really think about what happened this year. I have discussed enough about it,” he said. “I want to get into the All England (tournament), but I dont know whether I will make it and the World Championship. That also I am not sure whether I have enough tournaments to make it. This is the immediate goal. This year has taught me that I dont look ahead a lot,” Kashyap said. He felt that the fierce competition at the national level was good for the players and the game as a whole. “I feel there are more positives than negatives for us. It makes it more competitive and interesting and we are always on our toes, working hard. It makes it tougher for the coach. “This is the way forward for Indian badminton. There should be a lot of players. The girls are beating us in results but in numbers we are beating them hands down. So, surely we will get the results also,” he added. Asked what was the next level he was targeting for Indian badminton, chief national coach Gopichand said it was medals at the Olympic Games and World Championships as well as regular titles at the Super Series tournaments. “When I say next level, its about winning an Olympic medal, a World Championship medal. Every two-three Super Series you go (to play), you have one winner from India every year,” said Gopichand. According to the national coach, the upcoming Premier Badminton League will help the players to test themselves ahead of the intense season ahead. “PBL can work as a testing ground and also the format is shorter. It should work well for us. It helps to gauge yourself and to keep training as well. Its a good platform.” PTI SSR NP JMFadvertisementlast_img

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