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PV Sindhu feels 100 percent training in the UK, aiming for gold at Tokyo

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PV Sindhu made India proud with the silver medal at Rio
Image Credits: Twitter | PV Sindhu made India proud with the silver medal at Rio

Rio Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu moved to the UK for training last month. She had also shocked the world with her cryptic  “Denmark Open was the last straw. I retire” post on her social media pages.

Sindhu decided to go to the UK to pursue her training. She opted to train at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute with special supervision for her nutritional need under a team of experts including Rebecca Randell. The World champion is also sponsored by Gatorade. Sindhu decided to skip the Denmark Open in October 2020 and is planning to resume participation in tournaments in January 2021 with the Asian leg.

The star shuttler from India recently spoke to BWF about her progress in the UK and plan to return to competition and Tokyo 2021.

“I’ve been a part of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) for four years. Each time I come to England, my schedule is really, really packed and sometimes it’s just not possible to meet the nutrition team, so that’s why I am here,” Pusarla said.

“I think this is a good time for me and I’ve now taken the time out to look after my nutrition and work with the team on body analysis too.”

PV Sindhu on training in the UK with the England team

Sindhu trains at the National Training Centre with the likes of Toby Penty and Rajiv Ouseph of Badminton England.

“I did not want to stop my training. Badminton is restarting for me in January. Hopefully everything will be fine and I shouldn’t stop my training while I’m in England,” she said.

“It’s a different kind of feeling here. Different places to train, it’s something new and I am learning new things. Every player has a different game. They have different mindsets and I take different approaches from coaches and players. One player might say my defence is weak and Raj would say ‘Ok, this is what you need to do,’ so it’s really good to get that perspective.”

Participation in Asian Leg

PV Sindhu after she won the first Game, Rio Olympic 2016
Image Credits: Twitter | PV Sindhu after she won the first Game

“I feel 100 per cent, because of the training and the practising.”

“I’ve got the time without back-to-back tournaments to improve on a few things like my strokes and fitness level. I’m mentally and physically stronger because of the break. I’m fit and fine and really looking forward to Thailand.”

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Tokyo 2021

“The aim and goal is gold at the Tokyo Olympics,” said the Rio 2016 Silver medalist.

“Being the first Indian woman to win silver at the Olympic Games was definitely a proud moment for me, very exciting. I wasn’t too well-known going into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, so it was like ‘ok, let’s see what she does’.”

“I’ll give it my absolute best. My 100 per cent and hope for that gold medal.”

The world champion admitted that it isn’t going to be easy. Her arch-rival and Rio Olympic gold medalist is also in the chase for the gold at Tokyo. Home favourites Nozomi Okuhara who recently won the Denmark Open and Akane Yamaguchi will also be in contention for the coveted gold at Tokyo.

The medalists in Women's Singles at Rio Olympics 2016.
Image Credits: Twitter | The medalists in Women’s Singles at Rio Olympics 2016. PV Sindhu (S), Carolina Marin(G), Nozomi Okuhara (B)

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