Indian shuttle PV Sindhu rocked Twitter and the sports world yesterday when she posted a social media post with the words, “I’m retiring.”
However, the reigning world champion was not talking about retiring from the sport.
“I’ve been considering clarifying my feelings for a while. I admit that I had trouble coping with it. It’s just so bad, you know. That’s why I’m writing today to let you know that I’m done. It’s understandable if you are shocked or confused, but by the time you finish reading this you would have learned my point and hopefully will support it too, ”Sindhu wrote.
“This pandemic opened my eyes. I could train hard to fight the toughest opponents, tooth and nail, until the last stroke of the match. I already did it, I can do it again. But how do you beat this invisible virus that has the whole world in a fix? It’s been months with us and we always question ourselves every time we go out. Internalizing it all and reading so many heartbreaking stories online made me wonder a lot about myself and the world we live in. Not being able to represent India at the Danish Open was the last straw, ”she added.
“Maybe I gave you a mini heart attack; unprecedented times demand unprecedented action. Guess I needed to sit you down and take note. Having said that, we have to be optimistic about the light shining at the end of the tunnel. Yes, the Denmark Open didn’t take place, but that won’t stop me from training. When life comes to you, you have to come back twice as hard. Me too for the Asian Open. I refuse to give up without a solid fight. I refuse to give up without overcoming this fear. And we will continue to do this until we have a more secure world, ”PV Sindhu said at the conclusion of his“ I am retiring ”message.
Naturally, as mentioned above, the beginning of his post came as a huge shock to internet users. Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister for Youth and Sports, was not spared either.
“You actually gave a mini shock @ Pvsindhu1 but I had unwavering faith in your power of determination. I’m sure you have the strength and stamina to bring much more laurels to India, ”Rijiju tweeted.
Sindhu won a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Asian Games and is also the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards. In 2019, she won a gold medal at the BWF World Championships and is also the only Indian shuttle to have won a silver medal at the Olympics.
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