PV Sindhu joins hands with legendary Prakash Padukone in quest of Olympic gold
Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu on Sunday revealed that she will train under Prakash Padukone at his academy in Bengaluru ahead of the Paris Olympics. “Sir Prakash is taking the role of a mentor in my setup. I started training with him at the end of August, and it’s been uphill ever since. He is more than a mentor; he is my guide, my guru, and above all, a true friend. I sincerely believe he has the magic to get the best out of my game. I am very grateful that he called me once when I was in Japan, and we have built on that bond very well,” Sindhu tweeted earlier this morning.
She said: “Dude, I’m pumped!! Looking forward to training with you!”
Sindhu is struggling for form and according to a report published in the Indian Express, the shuttler is nursing a sore left knee. Sharing her views on the same, Sindhu said: “Definitely nothing big. But I need a few weeks of rest and then I will start my recovery. Because the ultimate aim is the Olympic Games. But before that, my motto is to come back completely 100% fit. Without 50% coming back and playing.”
Her mentor and legendary Indian shuttler Padukone is confident that her ward’s form will be put back on track. Padukone confirms that the long-term goal is Olympic gold, Sindhu’s only remaining medal. She won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, and won a bronze medal at the previous games held in Tokyo.
“The long-term goal is Olympic gold. Nothing less than that. Along the way try to win the All England title as well because I believe it is one of the toughest tournaments on the circuit,” Padukone was quoted as saying in the report.
Show Sindhu’s lack of luster in 2023
For a player of her stature, 2023 has been an underwhelming one for Sindhu so far but there will be hope for a fresh start as we near its end.
Apart from several exits in the first and second round, she reached the final of the Madrid Masters, where she was defeated by Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. She reached the last four in the Malaysian Masters, Canadian Open, Arctic Open, and Denmark Open.
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