Evans banking on Keith Barry to stop him drawing a Rio blank
Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30
Scott Evans "doesn't feel cheated" when reflecting on his 2013 World Championships loss to Lee Chong Wei, who was later found to have breached doping rules.
The Dubliner could have doubled his salary had he not been beaten by the Malaysian.
However, unlike fellow Olympian Michael Phelps, who claimed drugs cheats "broke his heart", Evans remained philosophical.
"I had the feeling he might have been doing that for many years. I'm just surprised he might've been caught," he said.
"I was very disappointed from the (financial) side of things then. I thought about it for a day and got on with it."
The 28-year-old does, however, rue a lack of medals from his previous Olympics.
While inexperience cost him in Beijing, he stood little chance against Lin Dan in London or as he refers "the best badminton player to set foot on the planet."
Evans admits he regularly "draws a blank" on court. Six weeks before London his agent found an antidote by putting him in touch with celebrity hypnotist Keith Barry.
"I think that was too late in the process for me. Since then though, Keith's techniques have been brilliant for me," he says.
Mentally, Evans said he is now at his best as he starts his Rio campaign against Germany's Marc Zwiebler at 3.20pm today.
Meanwhile, Donegal native Chloe Magee will aim to keep her Olympic dreams alive when she takes on veteran German Karin Schnaase in the early hours of tomorrow morning (1.05am Saturday) in her second group match in the Rio Centro.
Magee suffered a 21-7 21-12 defeat to world No 2 Wang 'Kitty' Yihan from China yesterday.
The 27-year-old frustrated Wang early in the second game though the Chinese girl still moved 9-5 in front.
Wang won the next seven points to take control again to see out the game 20-12.