PV Sindhu is India’s only contender in the women’s category of badminton in this year’s Olympic Games, as Saina Nehwal could not qualify this time.
PV Sindhu won the silver medal in the Rio Olympics. (File Photo)
Badminton star PV Sindhu is one of the leading medal candidates for India at the Tokyo Olympics to be held in July. Sindhu, who won a silver medal in her first Olympics, recently officially qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Sindhu is preparing to improve her past performance and her path has become somewhat easier in this matter. Spain’s Carolina Marin, Olympic champion and Sindhu’s toughest rival on the court, will miss this year’s Olympic Games. Marin had announced a day earlier that she would not be able to defend her title due to injury. Now Sindhu has sent a special message to Olympic champion Marin and has expressed hope of a clash in the court, wishing him a speedy recovery.
One of the best badminton players in the world, Olympic champion and two-time World Championship winner Marin of Spain recently succumbed to an ACL injury. It takes about a year for any person to recover from this injury. In such a situation, Marin will not be able to take part in the Tokyo Olympics starting on 23 July. Marin announced this on Tuesday, June 1.
Will miss on court
Sindhu, the current world champion and India’s number one shuttler, is also saddened by the injury of her good friend Marin from the badminton court and has sent a special message to the Olympic champion. Praying for Marin’s speedy recovery, Sindhu said in a video message,
“Sad to hear about your injury. Hope you get well soon and come back strong. I remember the last Olympics, when we played in the finals. Nice to play against you and will miss you on the court this time.”
A beautiful gesture from PV Sindhu. 💞
After Spain’s Olympic badminton champion @CarolinaMarin was forced to withdraw from #Tokyo2020 with injury, Indian friend and rival @pvsindhu1 has sent a moving message of support. #StrongerTogether I @bwfmedia I @COE_es
— Olympics (@Olympics) June 2, 2021
Sindhu’s road a little easier
With Marin’s exit, Sindhu’s hopes have increased a bit, as in the past several tournaments, she used to be a hindrance to the Indian legend in the final or even before that. Sindhu is the lone contender for India in the women’s section this time as former Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal could not qualify this time. At the same time, there is only one candidate in the male category, B Sai Praneeth.
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