PV Sindhu On Tokyo 2020 Preparations: I Am Aiming For Gold - Exclusive

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Newly crowned World Champion PV Sindhu sets her sights firmly on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and believes that the preparation for the big event has already begun.

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Updated On:

World Champion PV Sindhu has already set her sight firmly on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and believes that the preparation for the big event has already begun. The BWF World Champion on the sidelines of the PNB MetLife Junior Badminton tournament laid out her roadmap for the upcoming Olympics and detailed on her mission seeking a Gold medal for India in badminton. PV Sindhu believes that there are innumerable talents in badminton from India and had few tips for them to become better in the game. Republic TV had an exclusive interview with the BWF World Champion on the sidelines of the junior badminton tournament where Sindhu reveals her plans for the future. 

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PV Sindu's advice for youngsters

To find a new PV Sindhu or a Saina Nehwal is a very tough task, considering the number of talents in India, and PV Sindhu has already voiced her opinions on how to groom young players. PV Sindhu revealed that all the players should work hard and that the preparations should begin at the grassroots level. Hailing the Junior Badminton tournament, PV Sindhu said that the number of participants in the tournament steadily grew over the past years and it showed the number of talents willing to play the sport for India. The Olympic silver medallist said that the young budding talents had a lot to learn from tournaments as such. 

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PV Sindhu aims for gold in Tokyo 2020

Ahead of preparing for the 2020 Olympics, PV Sindhu revealed that she will pick and choose tournaments in order to be sure that she gives 100% in all the tournaments. PV Sindhu believes that her ultimate aim in a gold medal in Tokyo 2020 but it was essential for her to proceed step by step. When asked what kind of tournaments PV Sindhu would pick and choose, the World Champion revealed that every tournament was important to her, however, she said that it depended on her on-court and off-court sessions. The World Champion explained the significance of the combination of mental and physical fitness required to be the best at the game. PV Sindhu also revealed that she is aiming for an injury-free season and aims to improve her fitness over the year. 

"I will give my best in each and every tournament and the ultimate aim is Tokyo 2020 and it will happen step by step. It depends on my on-court and off-court sessions as the game demands both mental and physical fitness. If I am not 100% into a tournament then I would skip the tournament to prepare ahead, just like how I missed Thailand open to prepare for the World Championships", said PV Sindhu.  

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PV Sindhu on balancing the country's hopes

The BWF World Champion said that the tournaments did not add any extra pressure on her and said that the tournaments were a boost for her confidence. PV Sindhu said that she was not particularly worried about the ranking as she was winning Super Series and other tournaments which ensured that she grew in terms of ranking. "If you play well and win tournaments, then the ranking would go up. So it is important to play well", said PV Sindhu. Sindhu became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final. Sindhu won 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes.

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