Family support necessary during injury times: Tendulkar
Sachin says injuries were part and parcel of sports, but strong will and determination along with family support were necessary to make a comeback for a sportsperson.Updated: Sep 18, 2007 21:37 IST
Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said injuries were part and parcel of sports, but strong will and determination along with family support were necessary to make a comeback for a sportsperson.
"When you push yourself 100 times, there will be injuries. It happens to every sportsperson some day or the other. It is part and parcel of sports," cricketing icon Tendulkar told mediapersons.
Tendulkar, who has struggled with various injury problems in the last few years, said it was important how a sportsperson managed the injury.
"You may pull a muscle or twist an ankle. But that's not the end of the road for you. You always have the will and determination to come back. And, above all, you need the family's support," said Tendulkar.
Echoing the same sentiment Sania, who opted out of the USD 175,000 WTA Sunfeast Open following a right wrist sprain, said injury can happen irrespective of age.
"At some point your body can give in because a sportsperson defies nature as he pushes himself or herself too hard in order to achieve excellence. It doesn't matter whether you are young or old," said Sania, who has also been plagued by injury problems.
"After the knee problem, I was out of action for three months (earlier this year). For the first few weeks I was very upset. I felt the same last night when I pulled out of the WTA event," said the 20-year-old Sania.
Sania had been on a roll after returning to court following the knee surgery and her rankings also climbed up.
However, she aggravated a niggling wrist sprain at the US Open which has forced her to take a two-week break from the game and miss the WTA events here and at Seoul.
"When I pulled out last nigth, I was upset. These decisions are tough as you have to keep in mind a lot of things including the expectations of fans. But if a sportsperson is not healthy, there is no point (playing)," she said.
Tendulkar said she supported Sania's decision to stay out of the tournament.
"As an Indian, I prefer her to be out for two weeks rather than three months."
First Published: Sep 18, 2007 21:35 IST