Sindhu opted out of this event as she has some personal work on September 27 and 28. However, Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma spoke to her on Monday morning and convinced her.
Confirming this news, PV Sindhu told TOI that she is happy to represent the country at such an important event. “I actually opted out of the event. But today morning Himanta sir called me and spoke to me. It was then I decided to be part of this event. However, I will reach the venue a couple of days later. But I am happy to be part of this event,” Sindhu said.
Sindhu has some pooja rituals to be completed on September 27 and 28. While the Indian team, which is expected to be finalised on September 17, would leave for Denmark, Sindhu will leave on September 29.
“We have adjusted our programme. The president felt that this is India’s best chance to perform well at this tournament. Sindhu’s presence if required on those two days that’s why she actually opted out of the event,” said Sindhu’s father PV Ramana.
BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “I have requested @Pvsindhu1 to join the team as we have a favourable draw and have the best chance to take a shot at a medal at the Thomas & Uber Cup. She has agreed and will advance her family function so that she can be part of the Indian team and play for the country,” Himanta tweeted on Monday.
I have requested @Pvsindhu1 to join the team as we have a favourable draw and have the best chance to take a shot… https://t.co/ANyYaRRYZD
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) 1599482494000
With several teams pulling out of the Thomas and Uber Cup, scheduled to be held at Aarhus from October 3 to 11, India has a good chance to win medals at this event. Already Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Australia pulled out of this event. It is expected that more countries would follow suit. China is yet to confirm their participation.