India Today - - INSIDE - —with Bhavya Dore

Be­fore com­pet­ing in the World Cham­pi­onships this month, P.V. Sindhu, with her ca­reer earn­ings of $5.5 mil­lion, was ranked a joint 13th in the Forbes list of the world’s high­est-paid women ath­letes. The bad­minton star, though pleased with the at­ten­tion, is keep­ing her head on her shoul­ders


What does your in­clu­sion in the Forbes list mean to you and what was your re­ac­tion?

I’m happy I’ve been listed and it’s good to be on the top fe­male ath­letes list. Com­par­ing my­self with the le­gends [on the list] makes me re­ally happy. It was ex­cit­ing when I heard about it.


Is this also a sign of how far bad­minton, es­pe­cially the women’s game, has come in In­dia?

Yes, def­i­nitely. It’s do­ing re­ally well. It’s re­ally good that af­ter cricket, there are many peo­ple com­ing up in men’s and women’s bad­minton. It’s a very good sign.


Why did you with­draw from the Thai­land Open ear­lier this month?

I with­drew be­cause I wanted to train for the Bad­minton World Fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­onships. There wasn’t much time. Af­ter the Thai­land Open, there was just one week be­fore the world cham­pi­onships.


The Olympics is still a year away, but what are your thoughts look­ing ahead?

Of course, Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tions have started and we are all pre­par­ing for that. That is def­i­nitely the ul­ti­mate aim, but be­fore that there are a lot of tour­na­ments to play, so it’s about just fo­cus­ing on each tour­na­ment step by step for now.

To­tal num­ber of pages 76 (in­clud­ing cover pages)

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