Sindhu quits national camp over personal issues, reaches London | Badminton News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: In a move that has taken many in the badminton world by surprise, world champion P V Sindhu has left the ongoing national camp for Olympic hopefuls and landed in London. Her Instagram account said on Monday that she had travelled to the UK to work on her recovery and nutrition. Sources said she has been in the UK for at least 10 days now.
Apart from it being unusual for a top Olympic medal hopeful to leave a national camp midway, this is also the first time that the 25-year-old has travelled abroad without being accompanied by either of her parents. Sources said that she is being monitored by a team of experts, including Rebecca Randell of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. The former world No.2 is expected to be in the UK for the next two months.
Sources told TOI that Sindhu has left the country in a huff, apparently after tensions in her family. Before she left Hyderabad, Sindhu informed the coaches at the Pullela Gopichand Academy that she will not return to India for the next eight to ten weeks.
While Sindhu could not be contacted on her phone, her father, P V Ramana, did not accept calls or reply to messages.
“She was upset with a few things. Efforts are being made to convince her to return home,” a source told TOI on Monday. “She is unlikely to return anytime soon. At this stage of her life, she wants to be on her own and not be controlled. Maybe being at home during the lockdown took its toll and she wanted some freedom. We hope she enjoys the break and comes back”.
It’s also learnt that Sindhu will soon start training with the England team. “She will train with the English players for a while. Otherwise her game would be affected. She has a few friends in England,” another source said.
On Monday, Sindhu tweeted: “Happy to be in England and working with GSSI over the next few weeks on my nutrition and recovery with @rrandell86! 3 months to Asia tour and this is best chance to work on this and improve!!”

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