PV Sindhu retires Indian badminton star gives fans mini heart attack with social media post
PV Sindhu played it smart but the same can't be said of quite a few who reacted swiftly after reading her latest social media post. She went clickbait to draw attention and send across an important message. Were you one of those who didn't scroll past the first page?
"I RETIRE" was in bold in PV Sindhu's Monday afternoon social media post. "Denmark Open was the last straw," it read.
PV Sindhu conceded in the latter and the important half of her post that the screaming letters in bold must have given a mini-heart attack for her followers but the objective of her clickbait message was to make people take notice of a bigger message.
Well, the reigning world champion certainly did manage to have the attention of her followers. Some fell for the trap and even wished good luck for her post-retirement life. A few began mourning the "early end" to the celebrated badminton career.
In the post, Sindhu said she has retired from the fear of the unknown in the wake of the pandemic and urged her fans to continue being diligent in their fight against the novel coronavirus.
"I may have given you guys a mini-heart attack; unprecedented times require unprecedented measures. I guess I needed to get you guys to sit up and take notice," Sindhu wrote.
"The 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?
"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 unknown.
"Most importantly, I choose to retire from substandard hygiene stands 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."
PV Sindhu, who was gearing up to play the Thomas and Uber Cup in Denmark before it was called off, pulled out of last month's Denmark Open. The world champion chose not to risk international travel with not much ranking points up for grabs at the Super 750 tournament.
PV Sindhu said she is training hard for the Asian leg of the BWF tour, which will kickstart with two Super 1000 tournaments and the BWF Tour Final in Thailand in January 2021.