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Shuttlers set for a rich haul

Playing in a mega-event like the Commonwealth Games is always fascinating. The journey so far has been satisfactory. The spirit in the team is high and everybody is looking forward to making a mark since it is a rare opportunity for an athlete to play in front of his or her home crowd.

other Updated: Oct 08, 2010 00:36 IST
Pullela Gopi Chand

Playing in a mega-event like the Commonwealth Games is always fascinating. The journey so far has been satisfactory. The spirit in the team is high and everybody is looking forward to making a mark since it is a rare opportunity for an athlete to play in front of his or her home crowd.

The first few matches gave us time to get used to the pace of the court. We took those matches as a build up to our bigger matches. But before entering the final we will have to brush aside a buoyant England side.

It had been a long day yesterday (Wednesday) when we reached the Village only at around 11pm. We had just enough time to rest and be back at the venue for our match against Canada. It was an important game for us. Though they did not have too many stars, but young David Snider gave Chetan Anand a good fight. In the mixed doubles, Jwala Gutta and V Diju were clinical. The two have not played too well against Scotland but n Thursday, they gelled well and played some good game. Even Saina Nehwal's opponent Anna Rice played some good badminton. It was a good game for Saina as she was getting used to the pace of the court.

I must also mention that the technical conduct of badminton has been excellent. The facilities are good and we are enjoying our time in the Games Village. Even the turnout in some of our matches, especially in the evening, has been quite impressive. I am quite sure during the weekend we will have packed house. With such a support, India will definitely do well in the event.

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