PV Sindhu defeated He Bingjiao to win bronze at Tokyo 2020. The superstar female shuttler believes women are now excelling in every field, not only in sports.
The Indian team had a memorable run in the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics in Japan. The Indian contingent managed to finish at the 48th spot with as many as seven medals; their best-ever showing at the Olympics surpassing their 2012 London Olympics performance (with six medals).
Among the seven medallists for Team India, the first three medal-winners were women athletes in the form of weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (silver), boxer Lovlina Borogohain (bronze) and shuttler PV Sindhu (bronze). Apart from them, even the Rani Rampal-led Indian women’s hockey team came very close to securing bronze before they lost their bronze-medal face-off to Great Britain (4-3).
Following the women athletes’ memorable run in the Tokyo 2020 Games, Sindhu interacted with Times Now and spoke at length on how women of the country are excelling in every field, not just in sports.
Q: Have new doors opened for women in India after Tokyo 2020?
Sindhu: Ladki log bahut acha kiya hai. Last Olympics mein bhi acha kiya tha aur iss Olympics mein hi….Ladkiyan sirf sports mein hi nai, har chiz mein acha kar rahe hain (Girls have done the nation proud. Not only in this Olympics but in the previous Olympics as well. Women of the country are doing well everywhere, not just in sports)….They’ve shown us that ‘we can prove and we can believe anything’.
For the unversed, Sindhu had a great campaign in the run-up to her Tokyo 2020 semi-final face-off versus Tai Tzu-Ying, who defeated her in straight sets. However, the Indian shuttler bounced back and thrashed He Bing Jiao to win her bronze medal clash and secure her second successive Olympic medal. She had won silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Apart from the medal-winners such as Mirabai, Lovlina and Sindhu, there were some other women athletes who made a mark, despite missing a podium finish. Debutant discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur and golfer Aditi Ashok were impressive but couldn’t secure a podium finish for India in Tokyo Games.
However, some big names such as Mary Kom, Vinesh Phogat, Deepika Kumari, etc. were also expected to shine but they couldn’t match expectations this time around.