Paris Olympics Will Be Challenging, Need To Be Smarter: PV Sindhu

Feb 8, 2024

Set to make a comeback after an injury break, two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu knows the road to Paris will be “challenging” and she needs to be “smart” in her quest for the coveted gold medal in the French capital. Former world champion Sindhu is going through a bad phase. He has suffered injuries and a decline in form over the last 18 months. He suffered a stress fracture in his left ankle during his successful 2022 CWG campaign and later suffered another injury to his left knee during the French Open in October last year, which ruled him out for three months.

“I would say, this Olympics is going to be a different experience because the 2016 and 2020 Olympics were very different. Paris will be more challenging but at the same time, I have a lot more experience and I have to be a lot smarter this time,” Sindhu said in an interaction. I told PTI.

The 28-year-old from Hyderabad was in Mumbai on Thursday for the Great Place to Work's For All summit.

“In the women's circuit, players in the top 10-15 are tough. It is important to focus and have a strategy so that if plan A does not work you can switch to plan B. It is important to stay calm because sometimes you are Can go. It's important to have a strong mindset,” she said.

Desperate to regain her charm after a string of poor results, Sindhu parted ways with Korean coach Park Tae-sang early last year.

He trained with Sports Authority of India (SAI)'s Vidhi Choudhary and then former All-England champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia in July, but success eluded him.

Then former All England champion Prakash Padukone reached out to him and soon he shifted his base to Bangalore. She is currently training under Agus Santoso of Indonesia at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA), which is run by the Padukone-Dravid Center for Sports Excellence.

“I have a new trainer, physio, nutritionist, coach and mentor, so everything is very new, and I'm delighted with how they are supporting me and helping me get where I am and where I need to go in the next few years.” Years should be months,” said Sindhu, who will return to action at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Malaysia from February 13 to 18.

“I am very fortunate to work with Prakash sir as he is a great person and having him as my mentor helps. His training methods and ideas are helping me. As far as Agus is concerned, I Knew him for a long time when he was training our male players.

“We will have to see how I perform, it's only been a month. So things will look good going forward. I am back to full fitness and I am looking forward to the Asia Team Championships.” Asked if the focus is on fine-tuning the strokes and making strategies against top players, Sindhu said, “Definitely yes. After the injury, it is important to focus on physical, mental and technique, where we learn many skills.” Let's focus on.” We are working on every aspect at this time.

“I haven't played tournaments in the last three months, so once I start playing tournaments I'll know where I am. So far it's been pretty good.”

“We are talking and discussing against all the top 10-15 players on the women's circuit. I think right now Aya Ohori, Ann Se Young, (Akane) Yamaguchi and Carolina (Marin) are performing well.

“So it is not just a matter of one or two players, we need to know how every player is playing and we are discussing them, but it is important to focus on their skills and technical aspects and also the physical aspect ,” said the current world-ranked player. 11.

Talking about the low phase of her career, Sindhu said, “I had a stress fracture injury in 2015. I was in pain and I played with the pain for six months.” “I had just 6-7 months to come back and qualify for the Rio Olympics. There were many doubts whether I would be able to do it or not. I trusted myself and went with the flow and achieved a silver medal in 2016 .

“After 4 years, there was Tokyo, but it got postponed due to Covid. There were expectations and I couldn't go to the final. I was upset and sad and my coach told me there is a lot of difference between the two.” Bronze and fourth place and it completely changed my mind.

“I had mixed reactions after losing in the semi-finals. I had tears in my eyes and I didn't know whether I should be happy or sad that I missed the final. The next day I was on the podium after winning the bronze medal, so it was tough .

“In 2016, a medal was assured after reaching the final, but in Tokyo, I didn't know if I would win even one. It was a hard-earned medal.”

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