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Is PV Sindhu retiring from International Badminton?

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One of India’s biggest sports personality and International Badminton player PV Sindhu today posted a photo, which created madness on the internet. People misunderstood her message and thought that she is retiring from Badminton. But what exactly she was trying to say?

The 25 years old World Champion, PV Sindhu is India’s first female athlete to win an Olympic silver medal in 2016. In her 11 years long career, she achieved many heights and one of them was to reach World No. 2 in April 2017. She is awarded with India’s third biggest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan in January, 2020.

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After competing in so many tournaments around the globe and representing India, today with a heavy heart she posted something on her socials which says

I’ve been thinking about coming clean with my feelings for a while now. I admit I have been struggling to deal with it. It just feels so wrong, you know. That’s why I’m writing today to tell you that I’m done. It’s understandable if you’re shocked or confused but by the time you finish reading this you would have learnt about my point of view, and hopefully, will support it too.

This pandemic has been an eye-opener for me. I could train hard to fight the toughest of opponents, tooth and nail, right till the final shot of the game. I have done it before, I can do it again. But how do I defeat this invisible virus that has the entire world in a fix? It has been months at home and we still question ourselves every time we step out. Internalizing all this and reading about so many heart-breaking stories online has got me to question a lot about myself and this world we live in. Not being able to represent India in the Denmark Open was the last straw.”

She added “Today, I choose to retire from this current sense of unrest. I retire from this negativity, the constant fear, uncertainty. I choose to retire from a complete lack of control over the unknown.

Most importantly, I choose to retire from substandard hygiene standards and our lackadaisical attitude towards the virus.
We must not digress; we need to be better prepared. We must defeat this virus together. The choices we make today will define our future and the future of the next generation. We cannot afford to let them down.

I may have given you guys a mini-heart attack; unprecedented times requires unprecedented measures. I guess I needed to get you guys to sit up and take notice. That being said, we must be hopeful about the light shining at the end of the tunnel. Yes, Denmark Open didn’t happen but that won’t stop me from training. When life comes at you, one must come back twice as hard. So will I for the Asia Open. I refuse to give up without putting up a solid fight. I refuse to give up without conquering this fear. And will carry on doing so till we have a safer world.

Here, she only talked about the effect of the virus on our lives and her feelings of not been able to compete in the Denmark Open 2020. There’s no way a young athlete like her, who is on top of her game right now will take such step. PV Sindhu is ‘not‘ retiring from International Badminton, so relax.

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