Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

Iconic Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal is well aware of the fact about the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024  qualifiers ; however, she doesn’t have any plans to call it quits on her international career. Nehwal, the 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist has been on and off the court time and again due to recurring injuries and other health problems. 

Now, ranked 55th in the Badminton World rankings, Nehwal has suffered several injuries, and it is the reason she has been out of action and has pulled out of many BWF tours. Speaking of the upcoming mega tournament, Nehwal said that she has been facing knee issues once again and it is the reason, she is finding it tough to undergo training. The badminton star added that since the Paris Olympics is near, it would be tough for her to qualify for the event. 

The 33-year-old said, “I get inflammation in my knee whenever I train for an hour or two. I am not able to bend my knee, so a second session of training is not possible. The doctors have given me a couple of injection. Of course, the Olympics is near, and it is tough.” 

Nehwal, who last appeared in the Singapore Open 2023, added, “If you are thinking about the knee showing inflammation after a training, then in a tournament also if it shows up after one round, then it will be a negative sign.”

The former world number one went on to say, “I am trying to sort out that first. Playing is easy, to maintain the body, to not have any niggles is what is important. Hopefully, with the guidance of physios and Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, let’s see how I recover and come back. It all depends on practice.”

Notably, it was at the Malaysia Masters in January 2019 that the Hisar-born last won a medal.