When world champion P.V. Sindhu put up her “I retire” post on her social media last week, it gave badminton fans a shock. But it turns out that she was retiring from the negativity that the current global Pandemic has brought forth.

In an exclusive interview with Times Now, P.V. Sindhu talked about the reason behind her “I retire” post and what has been going on in her life during the Covid-19 shutdown.

The following is an excerpt from the interview.

Why the “I retire” post?

I meant I have retired from the negativity which was going around because of these Covid-19 situations, in the last few months with no tournaments and just staying at home…It is mostly like a 360-degree approach where it has everything you need on a daily-go basis.

Why are you in London?

It’s a great opportunity for me because I’ve got enough time since there are no tournaments, so I think it was the right time. Enjoying here and training as well.

January 2021.

I’m actually eagerly waiting to come back to the court…it is not an easy thing for organizers out there because a lot of people are coming out from different countries.

It is going to be very different, every player would come out with different skills and different techniques. It’s going to be a different kind of game where I will also improvise my skills and strokes.

How have you been preparing and training?

Having no tournaments is in one way an advantage as I have gotten enough time to train and learn new things and also new techniques, so I’ll be improvising it when the tournament starts but apart from that the training schedule, fitness level have been fine and perfect in my form now.

Rivalry with Saina Nehwal?

I think the rivalry is really good for the sport. Saina has been an inspiration to a lot of people, and she has done really well for the country. I am also an inspiration to a lot of people and I think it is very important to understand that competition is fine, rivalry is fine.

Olympics 2021.

It’s not like pressure but responsibilities as compared to 2016. Expectations will be a lot more and I have to go with the mindset to give my absolute best because everyone will be playing at 100%. At the same time, I’m sure that people always expect gold from me. The ultimate aim would be that, yes!

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