“Each tournament has been different. Olympics is very big. I am thankful to my parents,” she said in a press conference at Gopichand Badminton Academy.

While praising Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu said that she has performed really well and won many tournaments and has done a great job. Coach Pullela Gopichand also addressed the press conference and said he believes his ward is still far away from achieving her full potential and said she has the talent to be head and shoulders above the rest in the world.

"I think she is still far away from complete transformation. I believe we have just seen glimpses of the what she is capable of. She has got potential and I was waiting for her to realise that. It might take time," Gopichand told reporters. Heaping praise on Sindhu, Gopichand said: "The fact that at this big stage, when it needed the most, she performed, it is huge. Many times athletes can have the belief but crack in the final moments.

"PV Sindhu has fantastic genes. She was dedicated towards achieving something and this motivated her a lot in Rio," said Gopichand.
Asked if India can win a gold at 2020 Tokyo, Gopichand said: "I know it is a tough job. There are strong athletes we will be competing against and our medal will make us a target but having said that we have age on our side. We have a bunch of players here who when I walked here were saying 2020 is for us. So hopefully we have a motivated group who will push each other and we will remain in contention in Tokyo."


Sindhu also praised her coach Gopichand and said, "Gopi sir was always motivating. May be he seemed angry to others but for me it was his motivation that helped me. The last two months we really worked hard and made a lot of sacrifices and it paid off. We never thought about the medal. It was one match at a time and I am happy to win the medal."

Earlier, PV Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand arrived at Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad where colourful felicitation ceremony has been organised.


“I never thought that I will get such a grand welcome,” said PV Sindhu. With her parents by her side, she was greeted by a huge posse of fans. Several Telangana ministers were also present to give her a grand welcome. A large number of people had been waiting at the Hyderabad airport to accost Sindhu.

PV Sindhu, Olympics Silver Medallist, Takes Victory Lap At Hyderabad's Gachibowli Stadium

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express his wishes to the Indian contingent.

Notably, saving India from what could have been possibly the most disastrous Olympics performance since 1992 three women athletes rose to the occasion and gave their countrymen reasons to feel proud and memories to cherish.

Defying all odds and showing killer instincts, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, and Dipa Karmakar became the unlikely heroes and saved the country's pride from returning empty-handed for the first time since Barcelona 1992.

The trio notched a few firsts for India; Sindhu, at 21, became the youngest to win an Olympic medal, a silver which was never achieved in badminton; and Sakshi's bronze was also a first for women's wrestling.

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