Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was chosen by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to be the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony in the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Sadly, while practising for the big games, the star player injured her ankle.
It was in the middle of some rigorous training at the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad on Tuesday (March 27) that Sindhu got injured. India chief coach Pullela Gopichand and assistant coach Mohd Siyadutallah were training her. During practice, Sindhu tripped and sprained her right ankle.
Reports said Sindhu cannot back out of the Commonwealth Games now. And, she is determined to resume training soon.
“It is not a major injury. Medical tests have revealed that it is just a sprain,” Sindhu’s mother Pusarla Vijaya told IANS
Tipped as the favourite in women’s singles, Sindhu carries big responsibility on her shoulders. She has been training twice a day.
“She had hurt her ankle while training at the academy. So we did an MRI to be 100 per cent sure that everything is fine. No bone or ligament injury was found, so I am happy. We didn’t want to take any risk,” the shuttler’s father PV Ramana said, TOI reported.
“Now she will rest for a day and day after tomorrow she will start running again. She will go to the ground tomorrow and do some strengthening experience. There is enough time as CWG starts with team event. So nothing to worry.”
The 22-year-old is eyeing a gold medal at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. World No. 3 Sindhu is India’s biggest hope to win the Commonwealth Games gold. She had won a bronze in the last edition at the 2014 Glasgow CWG.
Commonwealth Games is slated to be held at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia, from April 4.
We pray Sindhu recovers at the earliest!