The biggest dream I am chasing now is an Olympic medal. I remember watching Saina in London. Then I was ranked World No. 25. I always longed to be there and I am all excited to represent India in Rio.
It is indeed a moment of pride for our nation to watch the 21-year-old beat Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to enter the finals. She is the first Indian to reach the finals of the Olympic badminton singles guaranteeing India a silver medal.
With former volleyball players for parents it wasn’t a surprise for her to carry on their laurels. But it wasn’t for volleyball. She developed her love for badminton when she accompanied her father to the volleyball court. She had been playing badminton from the age of eight. She was desperate to train under former badminton player Pullela Gopichand, who was Saina’s Nehwal former coach until she switched to Vimal Kumar. Gopichand runs an academy to train shuttlers helping them paves a way for themselves as future champions.
Sindhu’s parents acknowledge their joint effort shuttling to fame. They commented –
“We are really happy for Sindhu and Gopi. They did a really good job. Thank you very much for all your support and good wishes,” Sindhu’s father PV Ramana further said. “We used to see how Gopi and Sindhu work hard. Sometimes, Gopi was not able to come to the court due to cold or cough, but his ambition was only one thing that we have to win and get a medal. A better medal than everybody else has done so far. And that Sindhu has done it. We wish she will also go ahead with the gold. We wish her all the best.”
Let us sit put in front of over televisions cheering Sindhu for the final match. We hope and pray that she would awe us all with her stupendous performance. Needless to say she is already an Olympic winner.
Let’s wish her the best.