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Nhat Nguyen is hoping to cause an upset at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. Photo: INPHO

Nhat Nguyen is hoping to cause an upset at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. Photo: INPHO

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Nhat Nguyen is hoping to cause an upset at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. Photo: INPHO

You won't find him wondering what might have been. Truth be told, Nhat Nguyen wasn't even aware the Olympics were due to start this week.

If all was right in the world, the 20-year-old Dubliner would be walking into a packed stadium in Tokyo this Friday for the opening ceremony, but that dream has long been kicked down the road. Out of sight and - for now, at least - out of mind.

Badminton isn't his whole life, but it's damn near close to it. With the competitive calendar for the next few months now a landscape of scorched earth, the three-time national champion figures it might be 2021 before he gets to strike a shuttlecock internationally.