How badminton drives Polina Buhrova
Despite the situation at home, Buhrov is focusing on his badminton, aiming to perform well at next year’s European Games in Poland, where points for the Paris 2024 Olympic ranking will be offered.
In the meantime, he is stationed in Italy for tournaments “because I have to prepare for the European Games that will be in 2023.”
Through it all, her love of badminton – and Marín’s inspiration – keeps the young Ukrainian alive.
“I like badminton because it is so fast and you have to think so fast too. It’s about the process of winning, when you play a difficult match, when you understand that the opponent is so difficult for you and you can make amazing strikes, amazing tricks, and in the end you’re done – and that’s amazing.
“Now when I go to tournaments it’s a little bit harder because sometimes after tournaments if you feel a little nervous or sad you can just go home to your parents, friends, just relax a bit.
“But now I don’t have that option, so I have to prepare everything myself.”
That said, adversity hasn’t stopped Buhrova from dreaming big.
“Of course, my dream is to become an Olympic champion, and not just once.
“I want to be the new European badminton legend.”