Rio Olympics was my biggest life lesson: P.V. Sindh

September 05 2017

Indian badminton star P.V. Sindhu, the story of whose performance will  find its way to the silver screen with a biopic, says the 2016 Rio  Olympics was her biggest life lesson, following which she explored her  capabilities further with the help of her coach Pullela Gopichand.


"It  was my first time at the Olympics and I really had no idea what the  atmosphere would be like. I didn't really know how it was going to be  and what it will be, but my coach has always believed in me and told me  that 'You can do that'.


"The kind of hard work he put in and the  sacrifices he made pushed me to work harder. That made me think 'I can  do anything' and that is one of life lessons that I learnt," Sindhu told  IANS in a telephonic interview.


Sindhu made India proud at the  Rio Olympics, where she thrashed Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the women's  singles badminton semi-final, becoming the first Indian woman to win a  silver medal at the quadrennial event.


That was also India's  first silver in the badminton event at the Olympics. Saina Nehwal had  won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.


Sindhu, 22, says her coach urged her to believe in herself and that has helped her play the game well.


Just  last month, she brought back a silver medal from Glasgow's Badminton  World Championships. Honouring Gopichand's unwavering support to her  over the years, Sindhu has paid a Teacher's Day tribute to him through a  digital film that she has co-produced with sports drink brand Gatorade.


The digital film titled #IHATEMYTEACHER celebrates those who keep pushing you.


"They  push you so much that, because of them, you achieve so much. He has  always been behind me, showing his anger and taking responsibilities. It  is because of them (teachers and coaches) that we get so much of  success," Sindhu said.


To reach this height of success, she has  had a journey full of bruised knees and afternoons spent perfecting the  backhand shot. Does she miss enjoying the usual life of a youngster her  age?


"Badminton is the real me, and whatever I am today is  because of badminton. It's not that I don't have a personal life or  anything, but badminton is my passion and I don't regret it. If you want  to achieve anything in life, you have to believe in yourself. It is  very important," she said.


The badminton star also has an interesting point to make in terms of India's growth in sports.


"India  is growing in terms of sports and there will be many sports coming up  in years ahead. Junior players are doing well," said Sindhu, who is also  excited about a Bollywood biopic on her life. It is being produced by  Sonu Sood.


Asked about the developments on that front, she said:  "We have been discussing it... we met a couple of times. But nothing has  been decided yet. We hope it's going to come out soon."


So is she going to do a cameo in it?


"I am not sure. They would know much better as they have been in the film industry. They will decide what is best," she said.


(Nivedita can be contacted at nivedita.s@ians.in)

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