Kashyap reaching Olympic quarters changed momentum of Indian men's singles: Gurusaidutt

The 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist said the the presence of more and more talented players in the academy have made their practice sessions intense, which has resulted in better performances.

updated: September 25, 2013 17:13 IST
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New Delhi: Parupalli Kashyap's quarterfinal feat at the 2012 London Olympics changed the momentum of Indian men's singles, said rising shuttler RMV Gurusaidutt, who wants to break into the top-15 this year.

Kashyap had become the first Indian men badminton player to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympics in London last year and Guru said his performance instilled self-belief among his fellow shuttlers to do well at the international level.

"Men singles have always been in the limelight for Prakash (Padukone) sir and Gopi (Pullela Gopichand) sir and seniors like Arvind, Chetan and Anup. But suddenly there was a gap and no one was in the top 20. But I think it was Kashyap's performance at London Olympics that changed everything," Guru told PTI.

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