27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Vladimir Ivanov: Silver of the Universiade is a good result

The silver in the men's doubles final at the Universiade in Kazan was a good result, said the Russian badminton player Vladimir Ivanov after the final match of the tournament


Universiade. Day 6. Badminton © RIA Novosti / Grigory Sokolov

In the game for the Universiade gold Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov yielded to the Koreans, Sunghyun Ko Sung and Lee Yongdae with a score 1:2. "Clearly, this is a good result - said Ivanov. – After all, this tournament is a part of the preparation for the future Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In order of importance the Universiade is the second in our country and in all respects it is very similar to the main event of the four-year period from the perspective of the organisation, the regulations of competitions. Thus, this experience is a big advantage for us. "

Ivanov said he was particularly pleased to know that he and Sozonov were struggling "as equals” with players belonging to the top ten of the world rankings." "It satisfies and inspires optimism at the same time. This is the first medal in the history of men's doubles for Russia and hopefully it is not the last. It is valuable for the entire Russian badminton. Of course, we will try to develop our success and demonstrate the maximum results", - assured Ivanov.

He noted that the final game could go in a different scenario. "If we had a little bit of luck and improved certain points, the game would be getting struck up, and it is still a question what would be the result. But it is what it is. We are very pleased with the silver medal" - confessed the Russian.

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