Saina Nehwal has to balance training, competition and rest: Prakash Padukone

Saina made an early exit from the Indian Open Super Series event held in Delhi last month and is missing the ongoing Sudirman Cup mixed team championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia due to a toe injury.

updated: May 20, 2013 17:20 IST
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Mumbai: The main challenge for ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal currently is to strike a perfect balance among training, competing and in taking time off to rest and recover, feels badminton great Prakash Padukone.

"One of the key challenges for anyone in any sport who has reached the top is to learn to manage his/her training, competition and rest and recovery. It's important that you find the right balance," he said on the sidelines of a news conference to announce the launch of a talent hunt by his academy on Monday in association with Tata Capital.

"Sometimes to maintain your ranking you may go and play when you are not fully fit. This number of tournaments was not there in our time. We used to play three tournaments, come back to rest for 3-4 weeks and even if there were tournaments we didn't play.

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