After bronze in the International Open, Lino Muñoz aims for the Badminton World Cup in Japan
The Olympic athlete sets the next August contest as his next goal; it is important to be well ranked for the events of 2023, it will be an intense year
Mexico City. – After a complicated stage, at a sporting level, which he described as a drop in level after his performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Lino Munoz Mandujano returned to winning ways with an individual bronze medal at the XII International Badminton Open held June 8-12 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The experienced athlete shared with the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE), that the medal means a motivation, aimed at adding points for the world ranking towards the Olympic classification and better positioned to face their next commitments, such as the World Championship of the discipline, to be held from 22 to 28 August in Tokyo, Japan, one of its goals set to start the second half of the year.
“There had been several tournaments in which I had not felt very well, after the Olympic Games there is always a drop in level, at least that is what has happened to me, the pace of training since I returned has not been the same, and in this competition I did not go with high expectations, I relaxed and thanks to that I was able to find the rhythm, I am happy to have reached this semifinal after a long time, I enjoyed it more”, he detailed.
“The World Cup in August is the next goal I have and for the final stretch of the year there are several tournaments in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, which are important because 2023 will be complicated, full of events with Central American Games, Pan American Games, Olympic qualification , it is important to be well ranked for those events because it will be a very intense year, you have to be well seeded and have better teams when competing”, he assured.
With the experience of having already played two Olympic events: Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, Lino Muñoz said that although he has thought about retirement, the decision is still up in the air towards Paris 2024, because, he assured, there are several factors to consider , both personal and sports, and for now, he will face the commitments one by one.
“I’ve had thoughts of retiring and hanging up my racket, but at the moment I can’t say for sure if I’m going to do the cycle or not, I go day by day because qualifying for third Games is important to me, but I wouldn’t want to do it just for go to participate, my idea is always to improve and if I don’t feel with the qualities or the support for that step, I prefer not to do it halfway, that’s why I’ll see how some things unfold by the Mexican Federation”, he added.
Located in position 80 in the international ranking of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), Muñoz Mandujano wishes to continue adding activity in competition and improve his position towards next year’s Olympic classification, which is based on the select listing.
“Without a doubt, the competition is strong everywhere, whether at the Pan-American or international level, and this event (Santo Domingo Open) gave points for the world ranking, the Olympic qualification is not yet around the corner, but all we want those points, to improve the position to be better placed for when next year, in May, the classification begins”, he commented.