Chetan's chances of Olympics hangs on remaining 2 tournaments

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New Delhi, Mar 19 (UNI) National badminton champion B Chetan Anand knows that his chances of reaching the Beijing Olympics are slim, yet the Indian is optimistic that he will prove his mettle in the remaining two qualifying tournaments to get an Olympic berth.

''Realistically I have a very slight chance. My ranking has dropped. But if I really do well in the Indian open and Asian championship than I will qualify for the Olympics,'' Chetan told UNI here last night.

He was here for an event organised by ONGC to felicitate cricket players, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar.

Although all the top badminton players come from Asia, Chetan is still hopefull that the Indians have a chance to win the Olympic medal if luck favours them.

''Olympics is a tough competition. All the top players are from Asian countries. We just get two to three days to adjust in the conditions which is very tough,'' he said.

However, he asserted that the new 21-point system has created a door of opportunity for the Indian players also.

''Since the 21-point system has changed, all the top players have not been so consistent. We also have a slight chance of winning a medal if luck favours us,'' he added.

Meanwhile, Chetan added that Indian hockey team's failure to qulaify for the Olympics was a sad for all the Indians back home.

''It is so sad that hockey team could not qualify for the Olympics, but these things are part and parcel of the game,'' he concluded.


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