PV Sindhu understands that her fitness needs to be kept of paramount importance for her to succeed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “It is very important to stay fit as this is the Olympic year. It is not that you should go to tournaments without being 100 percent. It is important to stay healthy and be fit and then go for tournaments,” Sindhu told reporters ahead of Hyderabad Hunters’ Premier Badminton League (PBL) match against North Eastern Warriors on Tuesday. Also Read - Pakistan Ready to Resolve All Outstanding Issues With India Through Dialogue, Says Imran Khan

“Also personally you have to plan and see which tournament you want to play as it is the Olympic year. So, you have to plan accordingly,” added the world champion. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: What India, China Discussed During 16-Hour Long Military-Level Talks | Read Here

Asked about her preparation for the Tokyo Games, the Rio Olympics silver medallist said: “The preparation is going on really well for the Olympics and there are lot of important tournaments coming up which will help a me a lot to prepare for the Olympics. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India-China Hold 10th Round of Military Talks For Further Disengagement | What to Expect

“And since it is an Olympic year, it important to choose tournament wisely as it will help me to stay in proper shape for the Olympics.”

The Asia Team Championships is scheduled to begin on February 11, just two days after the completion of PBL.

Sindhu said she is still undecided about her participation. “I haven’t decided yet and right now I am currently focussing on PBL,” Sindu, Indian, who was recently conferred with the Padma Bhushan, said.

The 24-year-old from Hyderabad has been training under Park Tae-sang after South Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun left suddenly after guiding the Indian to her maiden world championship gold.

“I think every coach has a different mindset and strategy and It think it very useful for the players because they have different things in their mind which really helps everyone of us,” she elaborated about her training.

Asked if she plans to take a break ahead of the Olympics, Sindhu responded in the negative.

“Not really because it is an Olympic year and we have lot of Olympic qualification events going on now. So, it is very important that we play every tournament and give our best in all of them.”