Sindhu became the first Indian to win a world title in 2019 and was expected to defend the title in 2021 – since Tokyo Games were originally scheduled for 2020. But with the Olympic Games now rescheduled to July 2021, there is little chance of conducting the badminton Worlds next year.
The BWF 2021 calendar has no slots till November end. Sindhu, however, was not excited about this development. “The most important thing for all of us is when would the tournaments begin. There were discussions about the Worlds, Olympics were postponed and now we all are waiting for action to start,” Sindhu told ToI on Saturday.
Sindhu’s quarantine ends on April 5
Meanwhile, Sindhu is eagerly waiting to meet her niece when her self-quarantine ends on Sunday. She’s been in quarantine ever since her return from the All England Championships on March 15. Her 14-day quarantine was to end on March 28 but the authorities advised her to continue till April 5 because of travel history.
“The local police are monitoring us. A couple of days before my quarantine was to end, they extended it to April 5. They took our passports and pasted a sticker on our door. I enquired with my friends who returned from England and it’s the same routine for all of us,” she said.
Sindhu’s sister lives close by and the shuttler is anxious to meet them. “I am looking forward to play with my niece. I want to spend time with them,” said Sindhu, who is keeping herself busy by watching movies and working on her fitness.
This is the first time in a decade that Sindhu has stayed away from a badminton court. “Even when I was off for five months in 2015 due to injury I used to go to the court regularly. This is the first time I’ve not seen the court for over three weeks,” she added.