India’s No.1 star paddler Sharath Kamal is staying motivated and eager to perform his best in the Tokyo Olympics beginning July 23 despite the pandemic wreaking havoc.

The 38-year-old, playing in his fourth Olympics, said the squad is not underprepared despite the pandemic. “I don’t think we are underprepared. As far as training and travel are concerned, it has not been ideal. But I feel I am in a much better situation than last year. In fact, I played well in the World Table Tennis Star Contender series last month in Doha, beating World No.16 Patrick Franziska of Germany. Manika [Batra] and Sathiyan too played quite well in Doha. I thought my level did not dip in the last one year,” he said in a virtual press meet facilitated by SAI (Sports Authority of India)-TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme) on Wednesday. “This could be my best Olympics due to my understanding of mind,…

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