No handshakes, only Namaste at All England: PV Sindhu

The Indian badminton player PV Sindhu, who ranks 6th in the Badminton Women Federation had decided to go with Namaste due to the COVID-19 threat while travelling the Super 1000 badminton series in England, beginning from 11th March to 15th March 2020. The badminton women’s lead sat for an interview to talk about the All England Open Badminton Championship 2020 in the Birmingham Arena at England for a purse value of a Lakh and a hundred thousand in US dollars. Recently, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu won the Sportswomen of the Year 2019 hosted by BBC Sports on March 8th, 2020.

One of the best players of Gopichand Badminton Academy PV Sindhu will greet the opponents in India’s traditional manner ‘Namaste’ rather than a hand-shake with the players, fans, and official members in the All England 2020 tournament as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 illness. In the 2018’s All England tournament PV Sindhu entered the top 4 positions and lost to the Japanese badminton player Akane Yamaguchi at semi-finals. Next Year, the badminton player lost early in the 2019’s All England tournament, where PV Sindhu had avoided German Open to concentrate better.

A few other Indian badminton players had dropped from the BWF World Tour 2020, because of the COVID-19 warning but, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth are touring the All England Championship and the coach Pullela Gopichand would join them after a couple of days. Being listed in the top 10 rankings and with most Olympic qualification, All England 2020 could have been kept away from the player’s agenda, but Sindhu mentioned this tournament is a long-term target. Sindhu’s, previous coach who had left the Gopichand’s roof, has now replaced with Park Tae Sung. Sindhu said since the coaching, the player’s technique had improved and that Sindhu is approaching the All England series confidently.

The international women badminton player when asked about the COVID-19, Sindhu replied that as the disease has entered India, the government of India or England could have called-off the event if the threat is serious, in either of the places, it is upon the individual to care for oneself. Sindhu said, by avoiding the crowds, wearing a mask and using a sanitizer would prevent getting infected. PV Sindhu will face Beiwan Zhang, the American badminton player in the first round of All England Badminton Championship 2020.