PV Sindhu won the silver medal for India in women’s singles badminton final on Friday at Rio Olympics to become the fifth woman to win the country a medal at the Summer Games. She also became the youngest Indian to win a medal at the age of just 21. She also improved on fellow shuttler Saina Nehwal’s bronze medal exploits at the London Olympics.
At 21, Sindhu is just youngster who enjoys using her phone, has a sweet tooth and likes ice cream. But at the same time, she carried hopes and weight of expectations of an entire country at the biggest stage – the Olympics. In preparation, she let go of all these things for two months as her coach Pullela Gopichand revealed. “Sindhu did not have her phone during the last three months. The first thing is I would return her phone. The second thing, after coming here for last 12-13 days, I had deprived her from having sweet curd which she likes most. I also stopped her from eating ice-cream. Now she can eat whatever she wants,” he told PTI after Sindhu’s silver winning feat.
So away from the media limelight and the attention she’s getting now that she wouldn’t be afforded earlier, Sindhu is a simple girl who lives a good life with her parents. And an example of that has emerged on social media in a video where the shuttler is casually playing with a girl on an unknown street.