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.
Physically, when you are fit, mentally you are more alert and confident.
Right from my childhood I used to physically fight with boys.
I really don’t remember my first meeting with Arif Sir.
Getting a medal is not a small feat, irrespective of what color it is.
In fact, I am a bit apprehensive about biopics on sporting personalities in our country after seeing a few films. But my biopic is not going to be the same; it’s completely different.
If I lose a match, I don’t get sad or feel down. But if I lose a close match, I surely have sleepless nights.
If you keep winning all the time, you may not learn a lot, but failure has a lot to teach.
I don’t know many footballers except Maradona and Messi.
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.
The ultimate goal is Olympics.
Winning a title in Olympic year is never easy.
Being a player, I am supposed to train and practice and only think about my game, what I have to develop and what weaknesses I have to take care of.
In doubles there was nobody before me. I have changed how people look at doubles.
I will let my racquet speak for myself.
I have done nothing wrong as captain of the Delhi Krrish Smashers franchisee in the IBL.
No one on this earth can stop me from playing.
I love to play and bring honor to my country.
I don’t expect people to understand, but as players who love the sport and have constantly been thrown a rock at by our association and now the Govt, there is only so much one can take.
Consistency is most important in international level and once you have it, you become a different player.
Unlike badminton playing major nations of the world, we never had a specialist doubles coach and so the discipline remained neglected.
I don’t court controversies, but when I state facts, which are hard to digest for male-dominated authorities, they call them squabble.
When I have children, I want to be with them.
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.
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