“We want to see the Indian flag fly high”: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty outline their aim for Paris 2024

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty who won bronze at the 2022 BWF World Championships and gold at the 2022 Asian Games, were the first Indian men’s doubles pair to achieve the World No. 1 ranking and will represent India at Paris 2024. The duo recently spoke with Dinesh Karthik on JioCinema’s ‘Get Set Gold,’ discussing their experiences in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic village, Rankireddy's Olympic ritual with Neeraj Chopra, and how they are handling pressure leading up to Paris 2024. 
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(More on sports) Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty who won bronze at the 2022 BWF World Championships and gold at the 2022 Asian Games, were the first Indian men’s doubles pair to achieve the World No. 1 ranking and will represent India at Paris 2024. The duo recently spoke with Dinesh Karthik on JioCinema’s ‘Get Set Gold,’ discussing their experiences in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic village, Rankireddy’s Olympic ritual with Neeraj Chopra, and how they are handling pressure leading up to Paris 2024. 

Shetty recounted their Olympic debut experience at Tokyo 2020 and the surreal feeling of living in the Olympic village. “Competing in Tokyo and realizing we were among the world’s best athletes was an incredible feeling. Walking around the village, it struck me that these top athletes are just normal people, yet they are the best in their fields.”

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also revealed his pre-match ritual involving Tokyo 2020 Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra. “Neeraj was always there, congratulating everyone. I consider him a lucky charm, so I made sure to shake hands with him before every match, saying, ‘Bhaiya, match hai.’ ”

As the Olympic Games approach, the duo acknowledges the high expectations placed on them. Rankireddy emphasized their commitment to make India proud: “We take it as a responsibility to make the Indian flag fly high at the Olympics. We will work hard to achieve that.” Shetty, unfazed by the pressure, aims to channel it into positive energy to stay focused on their goals. “Pressure is there, but we view it positively”.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also reflected on his parents’ emotions regarding his achievements at such a young age. “For them, I am still a child, not an internationally acclaimed player. They see me as they did ten years ago. They are grateful to God, and I owe my journey to divine support and my parents.”

Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are currently third in the men’s doubles BWF World Rankings and are serious contenders for Paris 2024. In the last two years, the duo won a Gold Medal each in the 2022 Asian Games and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, along with more accolades at the 2022 World Championships, 2022 Thomas Cup, and 2023 Asian Championships.

Watch Dinesh Karthik also in conversation with other champions, including boxer Nikhat Zareen, Indian Men’s Hockey team goalkeeper, PR Sreejesh, and World Javelin Throw champion Neeraj Chopra, exclusively on ‘Get Set Gold’.

Viewers can expect an enhanced viewing experience of Paris 2024 like never before, with thousands of hours of live and on-demand action across JioCinema and the Sports18 Network starting July 26, 2024.

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