Rajiv Ouesph has had a great opportunity to raise profile for Badminton on the world wide stage. Progressing into the last eight by defeating Japans Sho Sasaki in 2 sets to enter the group stages.
The 29-year-old played was however defeated in the quarter final match against the Danish player Viktor Axelsen, ranked 4th. However, despite the defeat, Rajiv Ouseph has performed tremendously in this Olympic Games and has become the first British badminton player to reach the quarter final stages. Rajiv spoke about the importance of the Olympics to the sport, “For us the Olympics is everything… It's the pinnacle and to play well here raises the profile of badminton back home and if I can help with that in any way is great.”
Speaking about the future Rajiv may take his chances in Tokyo 2020, “Anything is possible, I'll take it year by year but I feel like I'm playing the best badminton of my career, so I don't see why not.”
Rajiv Ouseph insisted he will leave the Olympics with his head held high despite his history-making run coming to an end with defeat in the quarter-finals of the men's singles.
Ouseph became the first British man to reach the last eight of the Olympic badminton men's competition when he defeated Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto 2-1.
To read the full article on Rajiv, please visit the Badminton England website.
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