In a surprising decision, star shuttler PV Sindhu has left the ongoing national camp for Indian badminton players due to personal reasons.
The reason behind leaving Hyderabad for London is still unclear. Sindhu has been in the UK for almost 10 days now, apparently to work on her recovery and nutrition.
“Happy to be in England and working with GSSI over the next few weeks on my nutrition and recovery with @rrandell86 ! 3 months to Asia tour and this is best chance to work on things and improve,” Sindhu posted on Instagram.
Sources say that the Olympic medalist is being monitored by a team of experts, including Rebecca Randell of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.
Reports suggest that the shuttler, one of the most famous sportspersons in India today, has left the national camp owing to family turmoil. Interestingly, this is the first time Sindhu has journeyed abroad without accompanied by at least one of her parents.
Reports also suggest that Sindhu had informed coach Pullela Gopichand that she would not return to India for another 8 to 10 weeks.
“She was upset with a few things. Efforts are being made to convince her to return home. She is unlikely to return anytime soon. At this stage of her life, she wants to be on her own and not be controlled. Maybe being at home during the lockdown took its toll and she wanted some freedom. We hope she enjoys the break and comes back,” a source said.
Instead of being at the national camp, Sindhu will train with England players. “She will train with the English players for a while. Otherwise her game would be affected. She has a few friends in England,” the source added.
With earnings of US$8.5 million and $5.5 million respectively, Sindhu made the Forbes’ list of Highest-Paid Female Athletes in 2018 and 2019. She is the recipient of the sports honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri. She was also honoured with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India, in January 2020.
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