Lack of infra not an issue, if players believe in their potential: PV Sindhu

Lack of infra not an issue, if players believe in their potential: PV Sindhu

VISAKHAPATNAM: Lack of sports infrastructure is not a hindrance for the sports talent in this country, if one recognises their true potential. India now offers a lot of opportunities in the field of sports, ace badminton player and Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu said here on Sunday. She was in the city to inaugurate Kalamandir shopping mall at Siripuram.

“Successful women players like Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal have made India proud. I feel that India is a reservoir of young talent and women players are proving them all through in various sports,” said Sindhu, the recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and India’s fourth highest civilian honour Padma Shri. “Since childhood, I believe in hard work and my parents have been supporting me in my every endeavour,” said the ace shuttler who is now pursuing her MBA.

Father of PV Sindhu, PV Ramana, who was present on the occasion, said there is a direct relationship between sports and academics.

“Students who are active in sports are also mentally sound which help them perform better in academics too. Sindhu started playing badminton at the age of eight. But, we always insisted her to balance her sports and academic career.”

Asked about her practice, Sindhu said she spends 7 to 8 hours a day in the nets, starting from 4 am. “But, I love food and movies. I am less active on social media to avoid distraction. I even use my phone rarely.” she said.

Asked about Vizag, Sindhu said:”I love Vizag which has produced many National badminton coaches. The budding players here are indeed lucky.”Sindhu will be heading to Denmark on October 15 to participate in the Denmark Open.

Earlier in the day, dressed up in a Gandhari Pattu saree, the ace shuttler, took part in the inaugural of the garment showroom as scores of people, especially children, despite rain, stood along the VIP Road to welcome her. She tried a a few designer wear too. Sindhu then interacted with the students of Pollocks School who took autograph from her before posing for a slefie with the children.

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