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Greater challenge for Lakshya begins now: Padukone

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He has all of the qualities required to stay a medal contender for the following few years, says the legend

He has all of the qualities required to stay a medal contender for the following few years, says the legend

Badminton legend Prakash Padukone said that Lakshya Sen has all of the qualities to “remain a medal contender for the next few years”.

Lakshya, who trains on the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) right here, recorded a fairytale runner-up end on the prestigious All England championships on Sunday.

“Lakshya has truly announced his arrival on the world stage, but the greater challenge for him begins now. From my own experience, I can say with conviction that reaching the highest level is difficult, but the bigger challenge is staying at that level as it requires a lot more effort and mental strength. However, as of now, Lakshya has all the qualities required to remain a medal contender for the next few years,” Padukone said.

One of the mentors

Padukone, who in 1980 created historical past by changing into the primary Indian to win the All England Open, counts as one in every of Lakshya’s mentors.

Lakshya joined PPBA a bit over a decade in the past, and has prospered underneath the steering of Padukone, co-founder Vimal Kumar and others on the academy.

“Lakshya is hard-working, focused, disciplined, dedicated, grounded, and most importantly, mentally very strong even while playing against players ranked higher. He has shown this quality in abundance especially in the last two tournaments that he has played,” Padukone mentioned.

No flash within the pan

“The recent leg of European tournaments have been very successful for Lakshya, as he has beaten some of the players ranked in the top-5 in the world. This shows that his bronze medal victory at the World Championships a few months ago was not just a flash in the pan. Over the past six months, he has been one of the most consistent performers since the international circuit resumed.

“This is never an easy task, especially for a youngster like Lakshya,” Padukone mentioned.

Padukone, 66, urged the teen to deal with claiming the final word prize — Olympic glory.

“Lakshya will most certainly break into the top-10 when the world rankings are announced next week. It is undoubtedly a great achievement, but I would want him to continue his ultimate quest for Olympic glory,” Padukone mentioned.

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