Kuala Lumpur, Aug 6 (IANS) World No.2 shuttler Tai Tzu-ying has said she didn’t have any problems with Tokyo Olympics getting postponed as according to her, she now has more time to prepare and end her drought at the showpiece event.
Tokyo 2020 was initially set to be hosted in July this year but due to coronavirus pandemic, it will now take place from July 23 till August 8 in 2021.
Despite her constant successes on the BWF circuit, Tai Tzu is yet to win a medal at senior international level which includes Olympics and World Championships. At London 2012 and Rio 2016, she crashed out in the Last-16 round itself.
“I didn’t have a problem with (postponement). I can use this time as a period of rest because it’s been a long and tight schedule of high-level competition,” Tai Tzu said on the BWF’s Badminton Ultimate Feature. “It’s a good time to rest and have even more time to prepare (for the Olympics).”
Tai Tzu had earlier hinted that she might call time on her career after the end of 2020 season. But with the badminton calendar destroyed due to coronavirus pandemic, all such retirement talks have been put to rest for the time being.
“I will play until the end of next season before I revisit the decision. As of now I want to finish next season’s schedule,” the former World No.1 said.
“With no competition ongoing right now, that means there’s less media exposure – I hope people won’t forget about me,” she added, jokingly.