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Pandemic didn’t hinder PV Sindhu’s Tokyo Olympics preparations

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu feels the COVID-enforced break helped her put together higher for the Tokyo Olympics.

The Rio 2016 silver medallist, like most athletes across the globe, was out of aggressive motion for a serious chunk of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most sporting occasions had been cancelled in the course of the interval.

“It didn’t impression my preparation a lot for the Olympics. I feel the (break throughout) pandemic was very helpful as a result of I acquired to study extra and focus extra on my approach and expertise. I’d say undoubtedly it has (helped),” PV Sindhu advised PTI.

The 26-year-old used the downtime effectively, first coaching on the Suchitra Academy in Hyderabad earlier than flying to London in October to coach on the Nationwide Coaching Centre with British shuttlers Toby Penty and Rajiv Ouseph.

“More often than not, we do not have sufficient time to coach. So I feel this was the primary time that we have sufficient time to truly prepare and prepare for the Olympics,” the world No. 7 ladies’s singles badminton participant added.

PV Sindhu returned to aggressive motion earlier this 12 months with the Thailand Open and performed 5 occasions within the lead as much as Tokyo 2020. She reached the ultimate of the Swiss Open and the semi-final of the All England Open in March.

Since then, Sindhu has been coaching in Hyderabad beneath the watchful eyes of her new South Korean coach Park Tae Sang.

PV Sindhu would be the solely ladies’s shuttler to signify India at Tokyo. Males’s singles participant B Sai Praneeth and the lads’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty make up the remainder of the Indian badminton contingent for the upcoming Summer season Video games.

The ladies’s singles sixth seed PV Sindhu has been drawn in Group J of Tokyo 2020’s ladies’s singles badminton occasion with Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and Kselina Polikarpova of Israel.

The Indian ace begins her marketing campaign on July 25 towards Kselina Polikarpova. She might want to high her group to advance to the subsequent spherical.

“I am certain there will probably be expectations, duties like at all times however I simply hope that with the followers’ love and help, I am gonna be there, get a medal and are available again,” PV Sindhu signed off.

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