I have been watching some Olympics videos since my holidays started. I love badminton and it is one of my most favourite sports. It has been a sport which I understood easily and was drawn to. In India, badminton is one of the few sports which has come to limelight after the accomplishment of Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi, Parupalli Kashyap & others.
The 2016 Olympics was not a memorable one for India since it won only two medals- a silver and a bronze. P V Sindhu, from Telangana, was a ray of hope to the desperate Indian fans(Including myself). Ever since she won the Olympics medal, there have been great expectations on her shoulder.
Road To Rio Silver Medal
To be honest P V Sindhu was not one among the favourites. She had an easy run until the round of 16 where she faced the likes of Tai Tzu-Ying(the current no.1 seed). She ousted her in straight sets setting up a match with Wang Yihan, the then 2nd seeded champion. The match was a long, tiring but thrilling ride. In the end, Sindhu managed to get the better of her opponent in straight sets 22-20, 21-19. Being one win away from the podium finish, she came across Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. In a 51 minute tie, Sindhu managed to obliterate her opponent with the finishing score 21-19, 21-10. In the second set when the score was 10-10, she scored eleven continuous points without a break. In the finals, she was drawn against Carolina Marin, then the world seed no 1. In a surprising turn, Sindhu won the first set but failed to keep the momentum for the second and the third sets. Although she lost the match, her sportsmanship and her die-hard attitude won many hearts. She opened a new chapter of fame and brought pride to all the Indian athletes.
Sindhu started training at the young age of 8 under the tutelage of Mehboob Ali. Her parents themselves being national level volleyball players sparked her interest in sports. Sindhu later shifted to Pullela Gopichand’s coaching centre which was 56 km away from her home. She trained day and night without hesitation. When she was preparing for the Olympics, she never missed a day of training. She stopped eating her favourite food. She stopped using cell phone which we cannot live without now!
Winning a medal at Olympics at the age of 21 is no small achievement. She has become a rising hope for all the young Indian athletes out there. Apart from Rio, she has won Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Open, China Open and Macau Open also. She has received Padma Shri from the Indian government for her achievements.She has truly become an inspiration to all youngsters!
So dream until the very end but dream with courage, with passion and determination!
Until we meet again,
Picture courtesy- quotespic.com, english.sakshi.com, yourstory.com