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Exclusive: PV Sindhu shares the mantra that won her Olympics glory

Aug 4, 2021, 2:39 PM IST

Having secured a record second medal at the Olympics, shuttler PV Sindhu is back home "cherishing and enjoying the moment."

In an exclusive interaction with Asianet News, PV Sindhu shared the mantra for her success in the Tokyo Olympics.

Sindhu said, "It was important to maintain that fitness level, remain mentally and physically strong. Going into Olympics, we had to take care of ourselves and also be in a bubble. Obviously, I missed the fans and spectators. But I think it was very important for everybody to just be focused, especially athletes. Since the Games got postponed by a year, it was very important to be focussed and keep practising hard."

"Altogether, I would say, in this pandemic, I have utilised it in a very good way because I got enough time to actually focus on my skill and technique. Since tournaments got cancelled, I think it was a good thing because I got a lot of time to spend to improve my skill and my technique. My coach really helped me. So I think it is very important to stay safe and at the same time keep ourselves busy in doing something else rather than thinking what will happen and what needs to happen. I am sure a lot of people have suffered. But, at the same time, I think things will be fine, and I hope things will get better soon. But we have to get used to this new normal," she added.

Speaking about the road ahead, the double Olympic medallist said: "It is definitely a happy moment. I am very thankful to all those people who supported me and encouraged me. Definitely, these medals will give me a lot of confidence and motivation because it is definitely not easy to get back-to-back medals. At the same time, the journey has been so different. There have been ups and downs; I have won few and lost few. But altogether, it was a beautiful journey, and I have learnt a lot. In the further tournaments and matches, I hope that I give my best."

"Definitely, I will be playing in Paris (Olympics). I will definitely work hard and give my best. But for now, I am just cherishing and enjoying the moment. After this, we have some tournaments ahead. I hope I practice and do well in that," Sindhu said.

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