Her doubles partner might have decided not to train with India’s other Olympic badminton probables in Hyderabad, but N. Sikki Reddy insists she can continue to stay focused on her long-term goal of making it big at the next Games in Tokyo.
Ashwini Ponnappa, the 2011 World Championships bronze medallist in women’s doubles with Jwala Gutta, has preferred to train in her home town Bengaluru under the tutelage of renowned coach U. Vimal Kumar.
“Yes, Ashwini said she would be joining a few days before any major tournament to train together. It is understandable given the current situation where not much travelling is welcome,” the 26-year-old Reddy told Sportstar.
“I don’t see it as an issue, though ideally it would have been better if we trained together. But, having played together for so long, it is only a…