Many think that elite athletes like me are taken care of. But that is not true, only a few like Sindhu are looked after well.
You are patriotic when you condemn and fight for fellow citizens. That is patriotism for me.
I don’t fear anything.
I mean, just because you weren’t raped doesn’t mean that rape culture doesn’t exist or that rapes don’t happen.
I wanted to do whatever I can for Olympics. I just want to give my best shot.
The outside world hardly knows me and thinks Jwala is a celebrity.
The ultimate goal is Olympics.
Patience, self-belief and regularity are three qualities that would take a young player to great heights.
People tend to think I lack focus. This is probably something they conclude from my trendy dressing style or my hair color. They forget my wins. I guess it’s easy to forget.
I’ve enjoyed my phase of playing women’s doubles.
Doubles players achievement need to be highlighted.
If not badminton, I would have played some other sport.
I stopped playing mixed doubles and there is no result in mixed doubles. I was world number six. People who are talking about me and my performance and questioning my career and my achievements, where is the next mixed doubles pair, please show it to me. I would like to know.
I feel we need more quality badminton players; I will put in the best efforts to inculcate discipline in those who are keen to make a mark both in sports and in the society.
I come from a generation where I did not have any knowledge about racism, trolling or degrading someone because we hardly used to do it to other people.
I want to promote doubles, educate people and media about doubles.
Before I have attended camps at many places such as Bangalore, Jalandhar, and after 2006 it has only been happening at the Gopichand academy in Hyderabad. I had no problems since I live there, but it is not fair. Why camps only in Hyderabad?
As long as I know I have worked hard, I will have no regrets.
I don’t know many footballers except Maradona and Messi.
There is a lot of discrimination. Consider this: whenever a badminton squad is sent for an international meet, there are usually 10 boys and 3-4 girls. Why is it like this? Why can’t we send an equal number of boys and girls?
For a sportsperson, 1 year is a long period.
Doubles does not have adequate support, promotion and sponsorship and budding shuttlers are more keen to take up singles.
The consistent support that singles player are getting is way more than doubles, it is 100:1. We hardly get any support, the only support we get is from the government but it is not enough if we have to perform consistently at the highest level.
I have fought back. From not being allowed to play, I have now qualified for Olympics in two events, it is satisfying. I feel proud.