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Tokyo Olympics: Believe in yourself, says Sindhu

The 26-year-old ace shuttler said she will miss the fans in the stands during the Games, 'especially those carrying the national flag'
PV Sindhu

A Staff Reporter   |   Calcutta   |   Published 16.07.21, 01:21 AM

PV Sindhu, all geared up to represent India again at the Olympics, is thrilled to be taking part in the Tokyo Games.

The Rio Olympics silver medallist, speaking at the virtual interaction of Bridgestone’s campaign ‘Chase Your Dream’ on Thursday, said: “I am thrilled to represent my country again in the Olympics and hope to come back with a medal. ‘The Chase Your Dream’ campaign is there in our spirit.


“I would want more Indians to step up to this challenge and spread a message of determination and perseverance. For any athlete, perseverance and endurance are the key factors.”

The 26-year-old ace shuttler, however, said she will miss the fans in the stands during the Olympics, “especially those carrying the national flag”.

“I am sure they will continue to support us virtually. The expectations and responsibilities will always be there. I am ready for the challenges ahead,” she added.

Supporting the campaign, Sindhu’s advice for budding sportspersons was: “The most important thing is to always think that I can do it. It requires years of hard work to reach the levels of some of the greats of sports.

“I am sure if all the parents advise and guide their children interested in sports in the right way, they are bound to succeed,” she added.

Sindhu said that endurance and performance were the keys to her success story.

“One has to remain focused, make the right kind of effort and have a vision. Nothing comes our way easily. Everyone has to have a goal and keep chasing as this campaign suggests,” she said.

With the pandemic affecting every field of life, she spoke about her training.

“The pandemic training was different. We did lose some opportunities,” Sindhu said, “But again, this long gap from participating in events also helped me focus on my techniques and skills. Frankly, the pandemic has not affected my preparations.”

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