London 2012 - Ouseph wary of Asian rivals

Fri, 22 Apr 12:41:00 2011

Eurosport caught up with England Badminton player Rajiv Ouseph as he prepares for the Olympics in 2012.

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So Raj, how is your current form?

Not too bad at the moment, but currently we’ve been training lots for our Olympic qualifying period which starts the beginning of May so we’ve not had too many tournaments of late. Hopefully I can start doing well come May.

What will your training schedule consist of from now until the games?

Like I say, we’ve got a pretty full-on schedule with a lot of tournaments between now and next April when our qualifying period finishes. So then we'll be focusing a lot on those tournaments - after then, if we get to go to the Olympics, we'll be trying to get picked for the games

Who will be your main rivals at the games?

I think there are a lot of players from Asia who are very good. The world number one is from Malaysia and there’s a lot of players in the top ten from China so I think they will be the main competition.

What does the home support mean to you for 2012?

I think whenever we get support from the home crowd it's always going to be our best thing and inspiration to us. I think the more people we can have supporting us the better.

Other than badminton, what other sports are you looking forward to seeing at the games?

I think a lot of people are quite looking forward to the 100 metres final butI’d quite like to watch Jess Ennis - hopefully she’ll do quite well in the games and some of the cycling Great Britain has quite a good chance in that as well.

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