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PV Sindhu thanks parents for her achievements

Sindhu became a part of the country’s collective conscience when she won the silver medal in women’s singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

htls Updated: Oct 06, 2018 20:35 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Indian badminton player PV Sindhu speaks at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018.(HT Photo)

Ace badminton player PV Sindhu on Saturday thanked her parents for her achievements on the badminton court while speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Born to national level volleyball players PV Ramana and P. Vijaya on July 5, 1995, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu took to the sport of badminton at the age of eight.

“I am lucky to have sportspersons as parents. They supported me in whichever sport I wanted to play. People ask me why not volleyball as both parents were volleyball players. My parents supported my decision to take up badminton. I have reached wherever I have because of the sacrifices of my parents,” the ace shuttler said.

Talking about her rivalry with Saina Nehwal, Sindhu said, “Having a rivalry is not a bad thing as when you go on to the court, you play for yourself and you have to give your best. We play in different academies but we have a lot people who play with us,” Sindhu said

“When we play for the country, we are always together. It is not like that she is different and I am different. But when we are playing against each other, the rivalry is always there. But off the court, we are just normal friends.”

Sindhu became a part of the country’s collective conscience when she won the silver medal in women’s singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She holds multiple World Championship medals and recently became the first Indian badminton player to win a singles silver medal at the Asian Games.

Sindhu, who has lost in the final of a few high profile tournaments, said that sometimes high expectations do make things difficult for athletes who are continuously playing at a very high level and also stated that it often boils down to who plays well on the day of the final.

“Every time I go for a tournament people expect me to win a medal. But it is not that easy. People also say that you always lose in finals. But I am very happy that I won a silver (at Rio Olympics). People should understand that reaching the final is one thing and playing in the final is another thing. On one hand, I am happy that I won a silver but one the other, I feel that I definitely will win the gold next time.

“Every day is a new start...I go with the motto that I have to give my 100 per cent, be it during practice sessions or during matches,” Sindhu said.

When asked about the kind of conversations she has with her mentor and national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand Sindhu said, “My conversations with Gopi sir are mostly about my game. When I started playing badminton, I never used to set long term goals, just one step at a time. Focussing on long term goals is like forgetting about what is going to happen next. So our conversations are mostly about the next day, the next match, the next game. You never know what is going to happen the next day, where will you be and what will you do.”

Talking about the improvement in facilities for Olympic sports Sindhu stressed on the fact that she never faced any difficulties since she started her career as things had improved by then. She said that improvement at the grassroot level helps in improving the sport overall.

“When I started playing I didn’t have any tough times as I had all the support. Earlier the things were tough. But now, things have changed. I feel things should start from the grassroot level and that is when things will be fine.”

First Published: Oct 06, 2018 17:32 IST