It is often observed that athletes are not best of the lot when it comes to education. But that is not the case with ace shuttler PV Sindhu who excelled in the classroom too before setting her mind to badminton. Sindhu shares that she was good at studies and wanted to become a doctor. She adds that she finds badminton “much much better” than studying.
“I was good at studies, yes. After 10th I wasn’t regular, for sure, because I had to travel. When I was not a badminton player, when I had not become like so famous, I was very much interested in becoming a doctor! But I now feel, okay… badminton is much, much better,” Sindhu had told Scroll.in.
While the Hyderabadi shuttler excelled in studies, she was inspired to take up badminton by the All England Open and she never looked back ever since. while she has won numerous medals over the years, she was also bestowed with the Padma awards along with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Arjuna award for her service to the country.
“They need to be dedicated and focussed” – PV Sindhu’s word of advice for budding athletes
PV Sindhu hailed tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal along with sprinter Usain Bolt as her ideals. she adds that the dedication of the trio is what inspires her. When asked to choose one of the tennis stars, Sindhu hesitated but ended up picking the King of Clay over the Swiss maestro.
“There are 2-3… [Roger] Federer. [Rafa] Nadal. Usain Bolt. They are definitely superheroes! Whatever they do, whichever sport they are a part of, they are doing a lot for their country and for themselves. It’s their dedication. They set out to achieve something in life and they did it,” Sindhu added.
Sindhu had some words of advice for the budding athletes around the globe. The Olympic medalist shares that hard work is the key to success. Hard work with focus and dedication is the perfect recipe for PV Sindhu.
“I would say that… you have to keep working hard and hard work is the key to success. There is no excuse for it. And the most important thing is, they need to be dedicated and focussed. They need to have a goal to achieve. And one more thing, it’s the parents support. That’s the most important thing, for me my parents have been very supportive. They were always behind me.“