After taking a break from outside activities following the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games to focus on recovering from a knee injury, “badminton sensation” Ahn Se-young (Samsung Life Insurance) has vowed to perform again at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Ahn attended the “Thank you, Team KOREA” event to encourage the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games athletes at Lotte Hotel Jamsil in Songpa-gu, Seoul on Tuesday. Ahn won two gold medals in Hangzhou, dominating in the women’s team event and women’s singles.
This was Ahn’s first official event since the end of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, where she focused on recovering from a knee injury.
After the Asian Games, Ahn said on social media, “I’m so grateful, but I’m not a celebrity, I’m just an ordinary athlete. I have goals to reach in the future, so I’m going to walk silently one step at a time.” She declined all the interviews, commercial offers, and requests to appear on TV programs.
“I’m so grateful that so many people are interested in me. I’ve had a lot of requests for interviews and commercials, but I still have a lot of matches to play. I still have dreams that I want to fulfill,” she said, adding, “Right now, it’s too much for me to do both (athletics and broadcasting) at the same time. I’m sorry, but I only focused on improving my body,” he said.
“I have a lot to show as an athlete. I’m just going to focus on the badminton I’m playing now.”
After suffering a torn tendon in her knee in the final of the women’s individual event at the Asian Games, Ahn Se-young is fortunate to be feeling better. “After the competition, I focused on rehabilitation. It was a time to fully recharge my body. I’m working hard to prepare for the next tournament,” she said, “I’ve improved a lot. I gained a lot of strength while playing, and I feel better than before,” she said.
Ahn is expected to return to court in mid-November at the Kumamoto Masters Japan 2023 in Kumamoto, Japan.
“I’m currently at 50 to 60 percent,” Ahn said. I’ll try to improve my condition in time for the tournament and get to 100 percent.” 스포츠토토
Ahn now has her eyes set on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“I have to run harder for the Olympics. “The race to the Olympics has begun,” she says, “I’ve been running hard. Doing my best every day has been drilled into my head. If I just do my best every day, I’ll be able to do well enough at the Olympics,” she said.