No holidaying after Tokyo Olympics, PV Sindhu resumes training to become ‘complete player’

World champion and two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu is back at the Suchitra Academy in Hyderabad. Her on-court training will begin later.

By Ritu Sejwal
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A fortnight after becoming the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals, badminton star PV Sindhu returned to the Suchitra Academy in Hyderabad on Monday.

At the Tokyo Olympics, PV Sindhu created history by winning a bronze, her second Olympic medal, after defeating China’s He Bing Jiao in straight games. She had won a silver in Rio 2016. 

Wrestler Sushil Kumar is the only other Indian to win two individual medals at the Summer Games.

World champion PV Sindhu underwent a full-length physical conditioning session at the Suchitra gym. Her Korean coach Park Tae-Sang, however, is on vacation. 

Sindhu has already set her sights on future tournaments and the Paris Olympics in 2024. With most of the tournaments being called off or postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, PV Sindhu is likely to play in the Sudirman Cup in Finland late in September.

The Uber Cup and the Syed Modi International are scheduled in October.

“Well, I cannot think of a vacation right now as it is time to get (back) into the preparation mode for a couple of major events scheduled in the next few months. I repeat learning is a continuous process, and I wish to be a near-complete player, working on a couple of areas too,” PV Sindhu told Sportstar.

On-court training will be next on the agenda for PV Sindhu, who added that she was happy with her defence and fitness levels at Tokyo 2020.  

“The emphasis will be on improving, always. There is nothing like focussing on any specific area of my game. First, I should get a feel of how my body responds for the first couple of days and then plan out my on-court training schedule accordingly,” PV Sindhu said.

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, PV Sindhu’s on-court training was held at the Gachibowli Stadium.