The lack of competitions before the Olympics is a major concern for Indian commuters but not so much for PV Sindhu, who trusts her Korean coach Park Tae Sang to create match situations for her in training himself.
Due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic, the World Badminton Federation has been forced to cancel the three remaining Olympic qualifiers in India, Malaysia and Singapore. It was the last series of events before the Tokyo Games in July-August.
When asked if the cancellations would affect his preparations, Sindhu said: âWell we thought Singapore would be the last event before the Olympics but now we have no other option so I play games. against different players and my coach Park is trying to create match situations for me in training.
âDifferent players have different styles like Tai Tzu (Ying) or Ratchanok (Intanon) have different styles of play but Park is there to guide me, to prepare me for it,â said Sindhu. PTI.
“Obviously we will face each other after a few months and there will be something new in our games, so I will have to prepare for it.”
Sindhu does not train with the rest of the Indian team linked to the Olympics. She trained at the indoor stadium Gachibowli in Telangana and does her physical training at the academy in Suchitra.
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The 25-year-old endorsed the BWF’s decision to cancel the events, saying it is sad the competitions couldn’t take place but life is more important than sport.
“It’s sad that the whole world is at a standstill, but before athletes we are human beings and life comes first,” said Sindhu.
“If tournaments are going on we don’t know if we’ll be safe, we might think we will be but we can’t be sure because we don’t know where this virus will come from.
“At the moment the events are canceled and I know the sportsmen are sad but I think it is good for the people … The organizers take a lot of measures and keep us in a bubble but we still have to be careful . “
Sindhu, the reigning world champion, said it would be difficult for organizers and athletes to adhere to Covid-19 protocols in a landmark event like the Olympics and everyone should prepare for the challenge .
âEach country has its own Covid-19 rules. In Thailand we were tested every 2-3 days, across England an entire contingent had to pull out for a case in their flight but we have to deal with it “Hyderabadi said. said commuter.
âEven at the Olympics I heard they would test us every day. Before we take off we have to take an RT-PCR test and after we get off we test again, it’s really a tough task. “
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There was a lot of chaos in some international badminton events earlier this year when a few false positives forced some of the top players, including Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth, to step down.
Sindhu hoped that such cases did not occur during the Olympics.
“… it’s the Olympics and there will be so many athletes from so many countries but they also have to be very careful. As an athlete we have to prepare and just hope that everything will be fine in the next few months. “said the world number 7.
“… unless you take care of yourself, it can spread anytime, anywhere. So it will be difficult.”
Sindhu, who reached the Swiss Open final in March after returning to action after a long hiatus, said she is improving as a player.
“It’s been a good campaign so far this year. I’m improving as a player. My coach analyzed my game, so I’m really looking forward to the Olympics. My dad is helping me a lot too,” a- she declared.