At the Rio Olympics, PV Sindhu was not the favorite. She rallied towards odds and completed on the rostrum, marking the arrival of a brand new famous person within the Indian sporting circuit. 5 years later, Sindhu can be heading into the Tokyo Olympics as one of many favourites and considered one of India’s largest medal hopes.
Unlike 2016, PV Sindhu won’t have the corporate of senior shuttler Saina Newhal and all the main target can be on the Rio Olympic silver medallist. But the 25-year-old, who is understood for stepping up at the most important of phases, stated she would not really feel added pressure however acknowledged that there can be expectations and added accountability when she leads India’s marketing campaign in badminton.
PV Sindhu is the one Indian feminine shuttler to have made the reduce for Tokyo Olympics. World Championships bronze medalist, Sai Praneeth, and the younger duo of Sattiwksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty can even signify India in males’s singles and males’s doubles occasions, respectively.
London Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal and former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth have been the large names to miss out on Tokyo berths. Both of them completed exterior the highest 16 within the Race to Tokyo rankings. In singles, there are two quota locations for every NOC if each are ranked within the prime 16 based on the Race to Tokyo lists of 15 June 2021. In doubles, there are two quota locations per NOC if the pairs are ranked throughout the prime eight.
“Well, there is nothing like (added) pressure,” Sindhu informed the press throughout a digital interplay organised by the Sports Authority of India.
“Back then in 2016, it was the first time, it was a different atmosphere. I didn’t know how it was going to be. But playing for the second time, I know how it’s going to be but the expectations are a lot more, the responsibilities are a lot more.
“But it is nothing, I’m the one feminine athlete in Indian badminton and nothing like pressure. For me, I need to go on the market and provides my one hundred pc. Obviously, there can be expectations, however I simply have to provide my greatest and deal with the job at hand,” she added.
‘Sad Saina and Srikanth missed out on Olympic berths’
Sindhu added that it’s unfortunate to see Saina and Srikanth miss out on Olympic berths after the qualifying cycle was badly hit by the pandemic. Several tournaments which were part of the Olympic cycle were cancelled earlier this year. The cancellation Asian leg of the tour, scheduled to go ahead in May, was the final blow for the star shuttler’s chances.
“Saina and Srikanth weren’t capable of qualify. Saying that, we’re in such a state of affairs you by no means know what is going on to occur and when the tournaments are going to get cancelled or when they’re going to occur,” Sindhu said.
“We cannot assume that if we might have performed that event, we might have certified. I’m certain they might have had their very own private rating and the event they needed to play. But in these instances, we will not do something about that. It’s not solely for ourselves, it is for everyone.
“Obviously, if they had made it, it would have been good for our Indian contingent. There would have been so many players going for the Olympics. But it’s sad that they did not get selected. We didn’t know that we would be in such a situation w8hen it all started. We went into lockdowns, tournaments were cancelled. Even the BAI and the BWF were trying hard to make it happen. But it’s so unfortunate.
“Countries might need had their very own protocols when the circumstances have been rising. It’s for the security of everyone, you recognize, other than all this, at the top of the day, lives come first. We have to ensure everyone is protected. It’s unhappy that we could not play tournaments however as I stated life comes first and we’ve to maintain ourselves.”
Sindhu hopes for a safe Olympics
Sindhu acknowledged the growing opposition among the Japanese citizens when it comes to hosting the Olympics during the pandemic but she stressed that the International Olympic Committee is doing its best to ensure the safety of all the stakeholders involved.
“The Olympics, I’m certain, are taking all security protocols. I’m informed that we have to take assessments earlier than we depart and after we arrive. And I’m informed they are going to be testing each single day and we can be in a bio-bubble. I feel it must be nice. I hope everyone can be protected and nice. And by then, I hope the circumstances will scale back and all of us can be nice and protected,” she said.
When Sindhu made good use of time away from tournaments
Sindhu, it seems, has made the best use of the time away from competitive action. The Indian shuttler, who reached the final of the Swiss Open and the semi-final at All England Open in March, said she has been working on adding a few new tricks to her repertoire before she heads to Tokyo for the quadrennial spectacle.
“I feel it is a superb time to enhance my method and ability, which I’m doing proper now, and I feel I’ve improved.
“It’s good that I have got so much time, generally we go for tournaments and come back, rectify mistakes and then again go for tournaments. So we don’t have much time to learn new techniques or skills. Obviously, you are going to take time to learn new techniques. This was a time which is really good and I have really used it. I hope in the Olympics, there will be some new skills,” she added.