Bad­minton sen­sa­tion P V Sindhu talks about her Rio jour­ney, win­ning se­crets and more…

Health & Nutrition - - FIT & FAMOUS -

Hy­der­abad gal Pusarla Venkata Sindhu scripted his­tory by be­com­ing the first In­dian bad­minton player to win the Sil­ver in Rio Olympics. Years of sheer hard work and rig­or­ous train­ing took her where she is to­day. The 21-year-old star shut­tler, who is rul­ing the roost, aims to bag the gold in Tokyo 2020. Tak­ing time out from her hec­tic sched­ule, af­ter her re­cent win at the Premier Bad­minton League, Sindhu speaks to us about her love for the game, her win­ning mantras and her life philoso­phies… Ex­cerpts from the in­ter­view...

What got you in­ter­ested in bad­minton? I started play­ing bad­minton at the age of eight-and-a-half. Ini­tially, I did it for fun, then I started play­ing reg­u­larly. I used to play in front of my house with my friends. Slowly, I got in­ter­ested in the game and started en­joy­ing it. No­body thought I would be­come num­ber 1 to­day – it was like let’s see how far she goes and how she plays.

Tell us some­thing about your ini­tial train­ing, prac­tice and strug­gle. I first trained un­der coach Me­hboob Ali for one-anda-half year. Then, I joined Pul­lela Gopic­hand’s Bad­minton Acad­emy. Un­der Gopi Sir, there are many other coaches. My house was very far from the acad­emy. I used to go at 5.30 in the morn­ing for my train­ing ses­sions, come back home, go to school, and again go for train­ing in the evenings. It was al­most like 27 kms of trav­el­ling every day. It was tough ini­tially, but later when I shifted my house near the acad­emy, it be­came eas­ier.

Did the train­ing in­ter­fere with your ed­u­ca­tion? How did you bal­ance the both? Both are equally im­por­tant and I am happy I have bal­anced the two. I am cur­rently do­ing my se­cond year MBA at St Ann’s Col­lege. My col­lege has been sup­port­ive through­out.

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