Hyderabad: After creating history in Rio Olympics by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal, shuttler PV Sindhu and her coach P Gopichand received a grand welcome on their arrival in Hyderabad. After being felicitated by the state government at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad, Sindhu headed towards Gopichand Academy, where she interacted with the press.
Here are some snippets from her interview:
Ques: You had an injury way back. Coming back from it and putting up so well in Olympics. How easy or tough was it to give your 100%?
Sindhu: There are ups and downs in life and injuries are a part of one’s life. Making come back is difficult but all the people supported me and it was good.
Ques: After the final match you went up to Carolina Marin. You hugged her, picked up her racket. You displayed a great show of values. How important are values in your life?
Sindhu: Marin really played well that day. After the match, we were just like normal friends and she performed really well so I went and congratulated her.
Ques: You won two gold medals in world championships and now a bronze in the Olympics. How do you feel about it?
Sindhu: It was a dream for me to win a medal in the Olympics so I am very happy. Each tournament is very different from the other. Winning in Olympics was my dream and I have been able to fulfil it.
Ques: How was your coach, Mr Gopichand with you? How did he help you?
Sindhu: He has always been very motivating. Others might feel that he is angry but he been very motivational towards me.
Ques: People, due to your performance this time, have started calling you ‘smash’ queen. How did it happen? Also, what are your plans for celebration?
Sindhu: We made efforts till the very end moment and made a lot of sacrifices and this is what paid off. Gopi Sir changed many things in the main plan which helped me a lot.
Celebrations have of course started. Today also is a part of the entire celebration. I never thought that I would get to see so much crowd all waiting to welcome us. KCR sir also congratulated me and Gopi Sir. It’s a great feeling.
Ques: What was the toughest thing for you in this entire campaign?
Sindhu: We made a lot of sacrifices. In last two months, we have worked very hard. We never thought of medal but we had confidence in ourselves. It is a great feeling and my dream has come true.
Ques: Before going to the Olympics, did you think you would go so far?
Sindhu: When I went to Olympics I didn’t think that I would be playing Olympics, but I believed in myself. I made sure that I give my best in every match.