Kidambi confirms Rio goal

Kidambi Srikanth revealed his solitary goal for the 2016 season is to win the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games in August.

The Indian shuttler has impressed in the past few months, winning the prestigious Syed Modi International title and going unbeaten in the recent Badminton Asia Team Championships.

“The Olympic medal, that’s the ultimate goal for me this year,” the 23-year-old told Zee News.

“I don’t think much about the expectations. I would like to win. To win, I need to work hard. That’s obvious. So, I am just working hard.”

Meanwhile, when quizzed about attaining the world number one ranking, Kidambi revealed that he is in no hurry and is focusing on consistency.

“As early as possible, but I am not in a hurry to do that,” said the current world number nine.

“It’s just that I need to perform consistently. Then, I will automatically get that. I don’t want to become number one (immediately). I want to perform really very well. That’s when I can be there.”