Tokyo: PV Sindhu, who became the first Indian woman to win two medals at the Olympics, on Monday said she was disappointed after the badminton women’s singles semi-final loss but coach Park Tae-sang inspired her that not everything is over and It is better to return home with a bronze medal than to finish fourth.
Sindhu, who had lost 18-21 12-21 to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles semi-finals, defeated eighth seed He Bing Jiao of China 21-13 in the bronze medal play-off on Sunday. , 21-15 and managed to win the medal.
When Rio Olympics silver medalist and world champion Sindhu was asked about her condition after the semi-final loss, she said during a virtual press conference, “I was disappointed after the semi-final loss because I was ready to challenge for the gold medal.” Could not present Coach Park then told me to focus on the next match. It is better to make the country proud by winning a bronze medal than returning home empty-handed after finishing fourth.
“The coach’s words motivated me and I concentrated completely on the bronze medal match. After winning the match, I forgot everything for five to 10 seconds. After this I handled myself and shouted in celebration.
When Sindhu was asked about the five-year journey between Rio Olympics and Tokyo Olympics, she said that she saw a lot of ups and downs during this period, there were wins and losses but she emerged stronger.
Rio Olympics silver medalist Sindhu said, “The whole game has changed in the last five years, I have lost some matches and won some matches. I gained a lot of experience during this time and also became the world champion.
He said, “In the last more than a year, the situation changed completely due to the epidemic (Kovid-19). Many people were affected by this. A lot of tournaments were canceled but during this time I also got a chance to work more on my game which is not possible during tournaments. I learned new things and during this time I practiced with Coach Park every day.
When Sindhu decided to leave Hyderabad’s Gachibowli stadium to train in London, there was a lot of controversy and the Indian player said that if you are getting a chance to train at a better place then there is no problem in it.
The world number seven Indian player said, “The stadium where I was training in London is bigger and the conditions are similar to Tokyo, so I decided to train there and it paid off for me. If you get a chance to train in a better place then there should be no problem in it. The Badminton Association of India supported me completely. There I got a chance to practice drift a lot, which benefited me a lot.
Sindhu worked with three coaches between Rio Olympics and Tokyo Olympics and she said each coach had a different style and she got to learn something from all of them.
Sindhu said, “I was not a new player to adjust to working with a new coach. I had the skill and the technique. It just had to be refined. Each coach had his own unique style and I learned something or the other from all of them. It’s all about learning from the coach and applying that learning to your advantage. If you have the skill and technique, then you will not have any problem in adjusting.
Asked if she is eyeing a gold medal at the Paris 2024 Games after a silver in Rio and a bronze in Tokyo, Sindhu said, “The Paris Games are three years away. I want to celebrate this victory of mine. But yes, I will definitely aim to win a gold medal at the Paris Games.
On her relationship with coach Park, Sindhu said she knew the South Korean coach from before so she did not have any problem working with him.
“I’ve known Park since he was with the South Korean team, so it was no problem working with him,” she said. We have been together for the last one and a half years and want to continue this partnership even further.
World number 10 Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to make it to the knockouts despite winning two out of three matches in the group stage but Badminton Association of India secretary general Ajay Singhania said the pair impressed with their performance. .
Singhania said, “Chirag and Satwik performed very well. Let us hope that he will win a medal for us in the Paris Games.
Away from his family for a long time, Coach Park said he misses his family in South Korea, especially his three-year-old daughter.
He said, “I am looking forward to meeting my family. Since February this year till now, I have spent only 13 days with my family. My daughter is only three years old and I miss her a lot.
It was Park’s first Olympic medal in his coaching career and he thanked the Indian fans for congratulating him after the medal. He said, “Since winning the medal, congratulatory messages have been pouring in from Indian fans. Congratulations have been pouring in on my Instagram. Thank you Indian fans for showing so much love.
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