PV Sindhu Tokyo Olympics Preparation: Badminton player PV Sindhu has reached the semi-finals on July 30 by defeating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.
While talking about PV Sindhu’s strategy and training to NDTV, her coach Srikanth Verma shared crucial details and also elaborated on her strengths. He also spoke about how PV Sindhu got ready for the Olympics.
How PV Sindhu got ready for Olympics?
- Today, Sindhu had her match with Akane Yamaguchi of Japan on the court at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo. She has qualified for the quarterfinals and made her way into the semifinals at the Olympics. She had won silver at the Rio Olympics previously.
- Srikanth Varma said, “I had customised a high-performance fitness programme specifically for Sindhu. It was designed according to her game, her body type, her strength levels. If any other athlete follows it, chances of injury are high.”
- He also shared that PV Sindhu stuck to a strict regime of training for two and a half hours, six days of the week to this high-intensity schedule.
- The training pattern looked at individual muscles rather than her body as a whole he added.
- He also focused on buildingÂ her rally and footwork endurance and build a specific energy system.
- Verma is the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at the Suchitra Badminton Academy in Secunderabad. He further added, “The good part about Sindhu is that she never says no to training, however strenuous it is or however busy she is, and is always ready for it with a smiling face. Our intention was to hit peak form in the Olympics because every round is like the finals.”
- Sindhu’s diet focused on control of weight, hydration and the recovery system through protein-rich foods.
- She had a different training routine for the times when she stretched to the front of the court or moved back swiftly to retrieve the bird or when she accelerated on the court.