Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu with her coach Park Tae-Sang after winning the bronze medal.© AFP
PV Sindhu’s South Korean coach Park Tae-Sang revealed how he helps to ensure that the ace shuttler does not lose her focus in important moments on the court. Sindhu on Sunday beat China’s He Bing Jiao in straight games to win the Tokyo Olympics women’s singles bronze medal. Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two individual medals at the Olympics, having added to her silver in Rio 2016. Speaking to the media on Monday, Park revealed his words of wisdom for Sindhu in high-pressure moments — “aaram se”.
“In important moments when she gets a point and the pressure is very high, the next shot or rally, it’s very easy to make mistakes,” Park said, while responding to a question from NDTV.
“So in important moments I tell her to calm down,” he said, at which moment Sindhu promptly intervened to remind him that he says “aaram se” – the Hindi for ‘take it easy.
Bursting with laughter, coach Park said “Yes, aaram se. I know what aaram se means.”
Earlier, he said that he was happy about Sindhu’s bronze, especially as she became the first player to win an Olympic medal under his training.
“Sindhu was already a big star when I started to train her. I said I would try to get Sindhu a gold medal. But bronze medal is also a big medal, so I am really happy,” he said.
Sindhu was also full of praise for her coach.
“I have known coach Park for a very long time. When we started training together, it took us some time to get to know us. But we both had the dream to win an Olympic medal,” she said.
“The efforts and hard work that he put in towards me is really great,” she added.
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