Former badminton coach Vimal Kumar said that PV Sindhu needs to give more attention to recovery between matches to win the Tokyo Medal.
Badminton player PV Sindhu is the first Indian Badminton World Champion and the first Indian woman to win the Olympic silver medal. Sindhu reached the finals at the Swiss Open and the semi-finals at the All England Open. Later she suffered losses to Olympic champion Carolina Marin and Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong respectively.
Former coach Vimal Kumar told PTI, “I feel the best (Olympic) medal prospect is Sindhu, she can and there is still time.” Vimal Kumar then added that in order to win at the Tokyo Olympics, “she needs to give more attention to recovery to be ready for next match.” He stated that since there is no 24-hour period to recover, Sindhu needs to remember that recovery is imperative.
In his advice for Sindhu, he specified that an ice bath is a reliable way to get rid of the lactic acid accumulation after a match. Kumar added that there are several other options in getting rid of lactic acid accumulation. He stated that “If she can look into those aspects, she will be all right. I don’t think she has any fitness issue.”
At the Swiss Open final, Sindhu lost to Marin with a score of 12-21 5-21. At the semifinals at All England, Sindhu lost to Chochuwong with a score of 17-21 9-21.
Vimal Kumar stated that during the two matches, Sindhu was “very sluggish” against her opponents. He stated that what is done between the matches matters, as sometimes the time period between matches is not sufficient. Kumar added that “Some top players take ice bath immediately after a match and also before going to sleep.” According to him, the practice of taking an ice bath immediately after a match and before going to sleep is common at the international level.