“After achieving my dream…”
‘Thank you, Team KOREA’, an event to encourage the athletes of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, was held at the Lotte Hotel Jamsil in Seoul, South Korea. At the event
Badminton player Ahn Se-young (Samsung Life Insurance), who won two gold medals at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. In particular, she won the gold medal in the singles event after 29 years. In the final, she faced China’s Chen Yufei, and despite her knee pain, she came out on top. As she continues her rehabilitation, Ahn is said to be at 50 to 60 percent health.
Speaking to the press, Ahn said, “I’m feeling much better now. I have the Japan Open in mid-November. I’m going to start with that and then play a few more world tournaments before the year ends. I’m going to improve (my condition) gradually in time for the tournaments and get to 100 percent.”
Furthermore, Ahn made headlines after the Asian Games when she turned down all broadcasting and advertising offers to focus on badminton. She wanted to focus on badminton. “Thankfully, a lot of people were interested,” she said, adding, “I still have a lot of matches to play, and I haven’t fulfilled my dreams yet, so it won’t be too late to do it when I have more time. I’m sorry, but I have a lot to show as a player, so I’m going to focus on badminton.”
Ahn’s ‘dream’ is an Olympic gold medal. “I think I need to work harder for the Olympics. The idea that I have to do my best every day is completely embedded in my head. If I do my best, I think I can finish well enough until the Olympics. I think I need to do better and better so that many people will be interested in me again,” she said. 굿모닝토토
Ahn’s absence allowed rival Chen Yufei to take the top spot for the second consecutive event. Ahn said, “It’s a shame. But my body comes first, so I don’t think too much about it. Maybe I’m being impatient, but I expect the road ahead will be tough. I think I’m preparing a little more slowly with the idea of taking a tempo break.”