Badminton star PV Sindhu says people have high hopes from her after the silver medal at Rio Olympics but “you can’t perform well every time”.
“But you should not be disappointed. I did well but lost in Denmark Open because it was not my day. I rectified my mistake and am still working on it,” Sindhu told a press meet after being rewarded with Rs 50 lakh at the MP Shikhar Khel Alankaran Samaroh in Bhopal.
Sindhu said hard work is the only way to success. “My coach Pullela Gopichand helped me a lot in achieving success.”
Talking over auction money of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), Sindhu said the tournament was not about just money. “It’s all about sports. Players get recognition and it is very encouraging for players.”
During the PBL, Sindhu is scheduled to play a match against Carolina Martin, who beat her to win the gold medal at Rio, and “I am excited to play with her again.”
The Indian badminton star says it doesn’t matter to her whether she should have received the money she is getting now before winning the medal. “No, it doesn’t matter in my case. The government and badminton association helped me a lot and I didn’t face any problem.”
However, her coach and technical advisor of Madhya Pradesh Badminton Academy, Pullela Gopichand, said: “Most of the funds are spent on star players. So, star players’ funds should also be spent on junior and sub-junior players for better performance.”
Gopichand said he is fortunate enough to have developed medallists. “From Commonwealth Games to Olympics, my trainees have made me proud and hopefully, it will continue.”
‘Govt machinery should move first’
“Unlike sports minister of MP, who thinks fast, government machinery and files don’t move with the same pace,” said Gopichand, technical advisor of MP State Badminton Academy.
“Sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia is passionate about sports but I have realised the government machinery should also move fast,” he said.