New Delhi: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Indian athletes who will represent the country at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Monday.
The World No. 10 women’s singles player P.V Sindhu, and World No. 11 men’s singles player Kidambi Srikanth were amongst the athletes that attended the send-off ceremony that was held at the Manekshaw Center.
P.V Sindhu felt particularly upbeat after meeting with the prime minister.
“The prime minister was asking about our preparation for the Olympics. It was a very motivating and encouraging session to all athletes,” said Sindhu.
“There are total of 7 Indian shuttlers going to Rio, and I hope we can at least win 2 or 3 medals,” added Sindhu.
P.V Sindhu and London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal would be representing India in the Olympic women’s singles event; while the women’s doubles pair of Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa will play their second Olympics in August. In addition, Kidambi Srikanth and men’s doubles pair Manu Attri/B Summeth Reddy earned their maiden Olympic berths in men’s singles and men’s doubles events respectively.
Talking about her preparation for the Rio Olympic, Sindhu said her preparation has been going good and that she is hoping to play her best in Rio.
“My preparation for the Olympics is going well, I am really excited and hope to do well,” added Sindhu.
When asked about which superstar from other sports she would like to meet in the Olympics, Sindhu said: “There will be a lot of stars in the Olympics, such as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Usain Bolt and many of them.”
Meanwhile, Chief National Coach for the Indian Badminton team Pullela Gopichand remained hopeful that his badminton team is able to win Olympic medals for India.