Indian badminton icon P.V. Sindhu teamed up with former shuttler U. Vimal Kumar for an interactive chat session with over 150 youngsters where the players discussed various tips about badminton and fitness.
The session was organised jointly by PNB MetLife Insurance along with its NGO partner Child Rights and You (CRY) and was moderated by the MD & CEO of PNB MetLife Ashish Kumar Srivastava, who himself is a badminton enthusiast.
Stay indoors, stay safe and stay motivated: P.V. Sindhu’s message to the kids
The interactive session had discussions regarding several tips about badminton, as well as the importance to prioritise physical and mental health, especially during the pandemic. P.V. Sindhu, the 2016 Summer Olympics silver medallist shared her which helped her to get back into form following the lengthy lockdown.
“Connecting with all the young athletes and aspirants on Children’s Day was an invigorating
experience. I was both proud and amazed at their vigour and enthusiasm to learn new things and master their badminton skills,” said Sindhu, who is also the brand ambassador of PNB MetLife.
“I only wish I could have met them all in person. This year has been challenging for all of us, and especially children who require constant motivation and encouragement, be it sports or studies.”
“I would like to thank PNB MetLife for inviting me on this occasion and appreciate the good work the company is doing. My message to the young kids is to stay indoors, stay safe and stay motivated,” Sindhu further addressed.
U. Vimal Kumar suggested the youngsters should practice regularly and follow online tutorials
Former Indian national champion U. Vimal Kumar, who previously served as the also served as Chief National Coach of India and is currently training Saina Nehwal at the national camp in Bangalore, recommended the young players to watch JBC Bootcamp, a YouTube channel featuring coaching videos from several badminton stalwarts.
“I would recommend the young aspirants to be regular in their practice, even if it is virtual, and improve their game as best as they can,” said U. Vimal Kumar, who is also the founder of Prakash Padukone Sports Management.
“In the absence of physical games, it is important for the children to learn online, but they must be selective in the virtual games they watch. My suggestion is that they must follow tutorials from badminton professionals and the JBC Bootcamp. This will help them in the long run,” added Kumar.