New Delhi: On the back of her gruelling final match at the Commonwealth Games ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu says no loss is ever enough to stop her from believing in herself, and she is once again ready to roar.
Sindhu, who led the Indian contingent at the glittering opening ceremony, which launched the CWG in Gold Coast, Australia, was defeated by Indian star shuttler Saina Nehwal in the much-anticipated women’s singles summit clash. Nehwal won the gold medal while Sindhu bagged the silver.
Now that Sindhu is back in the country, she has penned an open letter on her never-say-die attitude.
Let nothing stand in the way of your dreams, let nothing pull you down... Winning becomes a habit when sweating for it becomes an attitude.”
- P.V. Sindhu | Indian star shuttler
“One more down but many more to go. As much as I had given my all to this game, I am once again ready to roar for my next fight, to finish and win. This is my journey, the journey of a sportsperson, every feat accomplished is followed by zeroing on the next target,” she said in a statement.
“No loss is ever enough, neither one nor many to stop me from believing in myself. Every time I miss a return, every time my shot fails to clear the net and every time I hit it long — I remind myself, it is not done until I am done.”
Sindhu, who had earlier thrashed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles badminton semi-final to become first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the quadrennial event, said it was a proud feeling to claim another silver in Australia last week.
“Standing at the podium, head bowed to receive my Silver Commonwealth medal at the women’s singles event, the heart swells with pride, moments of struggle, strife and sweat flash before my eyes,” she said. “For me victory only begins to sink when the first beat of national anthem falls on my ears and then it gets louder, so do the cheers from the crowd, that is when I finally breathe out — mission accomplished.
“Marching down the track as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games this year, I felt rest upon my shoulders the hope and faith of a million. With every step that I took, I knew it was time to bring together my skill, stamina and most of all my spirit, the spirit to rise higher after every fall, come back harder after every drop.
“From the moment of get, set and go until my last smash, I sweat from every pore, using every iota of strength left in me because giving up is not an option.”
Sindhu believes one should “let nothing stand in the way of your dreams, let nothing pull you down, let nothing beat you”.
She added: “Winning becomes a habit when sweating for it becomes an attitude. So, to all my countrymen and women, fans, well-wishers and badminton lovers who now tune out after having savoured a nail-biting finish, know that I am not done. My journey… continues unabashed.”