Sindhu says the pandemic has no effect on her Olympic training

PV Sindhu, the world champion, claims that the imposed hiatus during the COVID-19 epidemic improved her game

PV Sindhu, the world champion, claims that the imposed hiatus during the COVID-19 epidemic improved her game since it provided her more time to focus on her techniques and talents. Last year's Olympic training for the Rio 2016 silver medallist struck a snag when the pandemic halted all athletic activity, but Sindhu claimed it was a positive thing for her.

"I think the (break during) pandemic was very useful because I got to learn more and focus more on my technique and skills so I would say definitely it has (helped)," the Indian badminton superstar said in a virtual interaction.

"It did not impact my preparation much for the Olympics because I think I've got enough time. Generally, it's more like when you go for a tournament come back and train."

"Most of the time, we don't have enough time to train. So, I think this was the first time that we've got enough time to actually train and get ready for the Olympics.

"I don't think it has impacted on my preparations -- not at all. In fact, I've actually learned a lot more, and I'm prepared for it."

The world number seven is the lone Indian to have qualified for the women’s singles in Tokyo Olympics and finds herself in an easy group J with lower-ranked Polikarpova Ksenia of Israel and Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi.

"I'm sure there will be expectations, responsibilities like always but I just hope that with your love and support, I'm gonna be there, get a medal and come back to the country," she said.

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