Several competitions have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, including Olympic qualifiers in India, Malaysia, and Singapore.
PV Sindhu believes preventing the loss of human life is more important than sport at this moment. The cancellation of badminton tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic has impacted her Olympics preparations. However, she retains immense faith in Korean coach Park Tae Sang to create match-like situations for her in training itself. Several competitions have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, including Olympic qualifiers in India, Malaysia, and Singapore. They were scheduled to be the last few events before The Games in Tokyo.
“Well, we were thinking that Singapore will be the last event before the Olympics but now we don’t have another option. So I am playing matches against different players and my coach Park is trying to create match situations for me in training,” PV Sindhu said.
“Different 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. Obviously, we will be playing each other after a few months. There will be something new in our games, so I will have to prepare for that,” she added.
Sindhu is one of those players who is not currently training with the rest of the Indian Olympic team. Rather, she trains personally at Gachibowli indoor stadium in Telangana and does her fitness training at Suchitra academy.
She was supportive of the BWF’s decision to cancel the remaining competitions due to the pandemic. She stated that human life was more important than sports.
“It is sad that the whole world has come to a standstill but before sportspersons, we are human beings and life comes first,” Sindhu said.
“If tournaments happen, we don’t know if we will be safe. We might think we will be but we can’t be sure because we don’t know from where this virus will come.
“For the moment, events are being canceled. And I know sportspersons are sad but I think it is good for the people. Organisers take a lot of measures and keep us in a bubble but still, we need to be careful,” she concluded.