Ace shuttler PV Sindhu says athletes will have to get used to new normal of playing in empty venues

PV Sindhu said players would have to get used to the new normal of playing without the noise and energy of spectators with the effects of COVID-19 expected to be last for quite some time.

Press Trust of India August 02, 2020 22:20:31 IST
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu says athletes will have to get used to new normal of playing in empty venues

Playing in empty stadiums is going to be the norm in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic and athletes must get used to it amid lingering fear among people, reckons PV Sindhu, one of India's greatest sportspersons.

The world of sports came to a screeching halt in March as the pandemic started to spread across the globe.

"People would be scared to come and watch matches and we should get used to playing without without spectators, empty stadiums. That will happen," champion shuttler Sindhu said during a webinar titled 'Let the Bird Fly! Moving On With Badminton', hosted by former India international Ameeta Singh.

"It is safe for everyone in this situation and you have to be ready and prepared for anything and everything," the world champion and Olympic silver medallist added.

Also present in the webinar were former India internationals — Ami Ghia Shah and Madhumita Bisht, an eight-time national singles champion and India's first woman to compete at the Olympics in badminton.

Shah is a seven-time national singles champion, and like Bisht, has also performed well internationally.

During the interaction, Sindhu also spoke about how she fought her way back and qualified for the Rio Olympics after suffering a stress fracture in 2015, due to which she remained out of action for more than six months.

"When I had a stress fracture in 2015 I had pain but didn't tell anyone. I was bearing that pain and then told my dad that there was pain and we went and took an X-ray and a stress fracture was revealed. It was really bad.

"It took almost like eight months and I didn't play for six months. The 2016 Olympics qualification was there and I was almost depressed. I played almost 22 tournaments after the injury and got selected for Rio. It was not a small injury.

"Even though I was injured I was doing my upper body exercise. I believed that I can do it and I have done it."

Sindhu was "angry and sad" after being criticised for not finishing on top in the last two World Championship finals and the gold medal in the 2019 edition was her answer to all the critics who questioned her.

That triumph ended an agonising wait for an elusive gold for the ace.

"Maintaining the level is very difficult, tougher than reaching a level. I almost lost seven finals and people started asking if I have final phobia.

"I always wanted to win but there is always a next time.. I used to think it's a new match I need to give my best every time... it's a different type of game.

"Every time it was a different strategy since there are 7-8 players in the circuit and we know each other's game."

Asked about handling pressure by Ameeta, who was also a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, Sindhu said, "It has been very different before and after Rio. There are lots of expectations all the time. Last one year I have been doing meditation and it has helped me win matches which I was losing.

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