Yet another close finish for silver girl P V Sindhu at the World Badminton Championships as she went down to Japan’s Nozomi Okhuhara in an encounter that went to the wire. Sindhu lost Gold by a whisker at the last Olympics and the act unfolded in similar fashion at Glasgow as the Japanese girl was crowned World Champion to the heartbreak of over a billion population back home in India. PV Sindhu played brilliantly but the nerves let her down as she conceded vital points in a games she had the edge.
Congratulations to Nozomi for displaying mental strength and this 22-year-old champion would go places and be a force to reckon with in women’s badminton for long time to come. She beat Saina Nehwal in the semi finals and Sindhu in the finals and Indians seem to be her favourite opponents to create history. Indians one thought lack the mental strength and lose the battle of nerves after displaying wonderful tactics and strength on court. Our sportsmen be it in badminton or other sport should be aided by psychologists for mental training so they don’t give up easily when it matters the most. Sindhu should not be disappointed at the result and should reverse the Olympic and World Championship loss by hard work in future tournaments as she is still young and good luck to her in this endeavour!
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