Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu gave a heart attack to her fans on Monday as the Hyderabadi shuttler mentioned the word 'retirement' on her timeline. In a lengthy post, Sindu wrote about how the Denmark Open was 'the final straw and she has decided to retire'. The post has gone viral on social media and is one of the biggest talking points.
"I've been thinking about coming clean with my feelings for a while now. I admit I have been struggling to deal with it. It just feels so wrong, you know. That's why I'm, writing today to tell you that I'm done. It's understandable if you're shocked or confused but by the time you finish reading this you would have learnt about my point of view, and hopefully, will support it too," India's only shuttler to have won a Silver medal at Olympics, wrote.
"This pandemic has been an eye-opener for me. I could train hard to fight the toughest of opponents, tooth and nail, right till the final shot of the game. I have done it before, I can do it again. But how do I defeat this invisible virus that has the entire world in a fix? It has been months at home and we still question ourselves every time we step out. Internalizing all this and reading about so many heart-breaking stories online has got me to question a lot about myself and this world we live in. Not being able to represent India in the Denmark Open was the last straw," she added.
"Today, I choose to retire from this current sense of unrest. I retire from this negativity, the constant fear, the uncertainty, I choose to retire from a complete lack of control over the known," Sindhu further wrote, hinting she was not retiring from the game but rather wanted people's attention in order to let them focus on following the guidelines to tackle the coronavirus.
"Most importantly, I choose to retire from substandard hygiene standards and our lackadaisical attitude towards the virus. We must not digress; we need to be better prepared. We must defeat this virus together. The choices we make today will define our future and the future of the next generation. We cannot afford to let them down," Sindhu further clarified.
"I may have given you guys a mini-heart attack; unprecedented times requires unprecedented measures. I guess I needed to get you guys to sit up and take notice. That being said, we must be hopeful about the light shining at the end of the tunnel. Yes, Denmark Open didn't happen but that won't stop me from training. When life comes at you, one must come back twice as hard. So will I for the Asia Open. I refue to give up without putting up a solid fight. I refuse to give up without conquering this fear. And will carry on doing so till we have a safer world," she concluded.
She said that we need to be better prepared and defeat this virus together as our fight will define our and the next generation's future and remain hopeful that there's light at the end of this tunnel.
The 25-year old admitted that she might have given a mini-heart attack to one and all but she wanted everyone to sit up and take notice.
Lastly, she said that she will come back twice as hard, even if the Denmark Open didn't happen, for the Asia Open and refused to give up without conquering the fear this virus and the situation has induced.