PV Sindhu: Stay safe and get ready for Tokyo!

Pusarla V. Sindhu of India competes against OKUHARA Nozomi of Japan at the 2019 Bli Bli Indonesia Open. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
Pusarla V. Sindhu of India competes against OKUHARA Nozomi of Japan at the 2019 Bli Bli Indonesia Open. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

India’s badminton superstar PV Sindhu joined the Olympic Day workout and spoke about the importance of meditation, learning new things in lockdown and preparing for Tokyo 2020.

PV Sindhu has taken part in the first-ever live digital Olympic workout to help celebrate Olympic Day. Following the workout, the athlete explained her desire to get back to competitive action as quickly as possible when lockdown measures are eased in Hyderabad, India.

It seems the 24-year-old Olympic silver medallist shuttler already has her eyes set on securing more honours when play is allowed to resume – possibly as early as September.

“Our next tournament is in Chinese Taipei, so hopefully we will be doing that in September. I don’t know how the situation’s going to be – but let’s hope everything will be fine.

“We all wanted to get back [from lockdown] and go to the Olympics. We have to get used to it [postponement]. During this time I think it’s very important to be safe and stay home, that’s very important,” she said.

As competitions were hastily curtailed earlier this year because of the coronavirus, PV Sindhu says that events will most likely be played back-to-back to make up for lost time when matches resume.

It’s an appetising prospect, but one that requires careful consideration for international athletes with Tokyo 2020 on the horizon.

“I have five medals at the World Championships; I have two bronze, two silver and a gold, so I’m expecting a lot more medals.

“[However] I think there will be a lot of tournaments in the next four months, whenever we get back to our matches. I would suggest we need to plan. We need to [carefully] pick and choose our tournaments.

“Every player has a different mindset, this is part of life. You have to be physically and mentally fit, to be positive,” she said.

CHOFU, JAPAN - JULY 26: Pusarla V. Sindhu of India competes in the Women's Singles Quarterfinal match against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan on day four of the Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open Badminton Championships, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games test event at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza on July 26, 2019 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
CHOFU, JAPAN - JULY 26: Pusarla V. Sindhu of India competes in the Women's Singles Quarterfinal match against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan on day four of the Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open Badminton Championships, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games test event at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza on July 26, 2019 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
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On Olympic Day, everybody should be positive and keep believing in yourself and you will do your best.

For PV Sindhu, a period of lockdown has provided more than just exercise – it has given her the time and space to prepare mentally for the year ahead.

“Lots of people can learn new things [in lockdown].

“For me, being a badminton player, I’ve learnt a lot of things – to keep your mind busy… I meditate daily and that keeps me going. If you’re calm, that makes you think. Just stay positive, stay home and everything will be fine.

“There’s only one year to go and we will all be ready and set for Tokyo 2021.

“On Olympic Day, everybody should be positive and keep believing in yourself and you will do your best.”