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Tokyo Olympics: COVID-19 didn’t affect my coaching, says world champ PV Sindhu


Badminton world champion PV Sindhu says that the pressured break in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has really made her a greater participant as a result of it gave her ample time to work on her approach and abilities. The Rio 2016 silver medalist’s Olympic preparations final yr hit a roadblock because the pandemic introduced all of the sporting motion to a standstill however Sindhu mentioned it was like a blessing in disguise for her.

“I think the (break during) pandemic was very useful because I got to learn more and focus more on my technique and skills so I would say definitely it has (helped),” the Indian shuttler mentioned in a digital interplay.

“It didn’t affect my preparation a lot for the Olympics as a result of I feel I’ve received sufficient time. Generally it’s extra like if you go for a match come again and prepare. Most of the time, we do not have sufficient time to coach. So I feel this was the primary time that we have got sufficient time to truly prepare and prepare for the Olympics.

“I don’t think it has impacted on my preparations – not at all. In fact, I’ve actually learned a lot more, and I’m prepared for it.”

The world No. 7 is the lone Indian to have certified for the ladies’s singles in Tokyo Olympics and finds herself in a straightforward group J with lower-ranked Polikarpova Ksenia of Israel and Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi.

“I’m sure there will be expectations, responsibilities like always but I just hope that with your love and support, I’m gonna be there, get a medal and come back to the country,” she mentioned.

Sindhu, however, said she would miss the spectators as the Olympics would be held behind closed door to curb the spread of COVID-19. “I’m going to miss a lot of fans. Back then in Rio it was very different. But I think we have to get used to the situation, the new normal. Overall, we are also practising in a way where you know we need to get used to it,” Sindhu added.

(with PTI inputs)



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