Winning a medal was more important for India, so left the pain behind: PV Sindhu

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PV Sindhu has completed a set of medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG 2022) after winning the gold medal in Birmingham. The CWG 2022 gold was Sindhu’s first gold medal in the last three editions, having previously won a bronze medal in the 2014 edition followed by a silver medal at the Gold Coast in 2018. The double Olympic medalist spoke exclusively to Republic TV about her recent achievement. He told how his family has played a huge role in his career with the pressure.

Gold was awaited for the last eight years and Sindhu finally managed to bag it at the Commonwealth Games 2022. At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, PV Sindhu lost to Michelle Lee in the semi-finals and had to settle for bronze, while the shuttler lost to compatriot Saina Nehwal in the final at Gold Coast. Sindhu had an ankle brace during the final and got injured before the big final. Recalling the entire episode, Sindhu said, “It was tough because it was in my leg and it was hurting but for me the match was important and I left the pain behind because I wanted to play for my country. Wanted a medal for a long time and finally got a medal for the country. There is a slight tension but it should be fine with rest.”

Talking about pressure and responsibility, Sindhu said, “Responsibility is always there, pressure is always there but it is important that when you go on the court you give your best and play your game instead of thinking it People’s expectations are very high and to fulfill the expectation you just have to go out there and play your hundred percent and it’s not like you are playing for them but you are playing for yourself and you have to give 100 percent It is not only good for you but also for those who are expecting too much”.

PV Sindhu had to fight through pain to win the Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medal in singles competition by defeating Michelle Lee. Sindhu told during the interview how her confidence increased with the support of the people. Sindhu said, “Before the match, everyone would be nervous and tense but it was a mixed feeling because it was the final and we both wanted to win. It was important that I had to focus and get behind that pain despite my pain. It was important to quit and focus on what to do. I had to give my 100 percent and I gave my 100 percent. Also the crowd was great while playing the match. They supported me the whole time, even if I would have lost 3 or 4 points. But they gave me a boost that I could come back and that helped me a lot. I’m glad the crowd was always there and I’m grateful to them.”

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