Not an easy feat, says proud fa­ther

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - B Shrikant shrikant.bhag­vat­ula@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The gold was lost on Fri­day but a new hope was born. The hope of the proud par­ents of a 21-year-old ath­lete who won the hearts of a bil­lion In­di­ans with a per­for­mance fit­ting for an Olympic fi­nal for the women’s sin­gles bad­minton ti­tle.

PV Ra­mana and P Vi­jaya, par­ents of shut­tler PV Sindhu, have now pinned their hopes of the elu­sive gold medal on the 2020 Olympics to be hosted by Tokyo.

For the time be­ing, how­ever, it was about a sil­ver medal that is worth its weight in gold — put in per­spec­tive by the fact that Sindhu’s medal is only sec­ond so far for In­dia in Rio af­ter Sak­shi Ma­lik’s bronze in wrestling.

“It is a mon­u­men­tal achieve­ment for Sindhu, she has al­ways dreamt of win­ning an Olympic medal. She has worked hard for this and I am happy that she achieved it. It is not easy to win an Olympic medal — what­ever colour it may be,” Ra­mana said at his daugh­ter’s coach Pul­lela Gopic­hand’s academy at Gachi­bowli.

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