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You gave us mini heart attack: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to PV Sindhu’s post

The Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju recently reacted to the social media post by PV Sindhu.

The badminton star, in order to create awareness regarding coronavirus and how people shouldn’t take it lightly, posted a message starting with “I retire”.

Replying to the tweet, ‘You actually gave a mini shock @Pvsindhu1 but I had unflinching faith in your power of determination. I’m sure you have the strength and stamina to bring many more laurels for India,’ Rijiju tweeted.

PV Sindhu’s tweet went viral on social media and many of the print and news media began to carry the news without reading it fully, creating massive confusion.

This was PV Sindhu’s statement-

“I’ve been thinking about coming clean with my feelings for a while now. I admit I have been struggling to deal with it. It just feels so wrong, you know. That’s why I’m writing today to tell you that I’m done. It’s understandable if you’re shocked or confused but by the time you finish reading this you would have learnt about my point of view, and hopefully, will support it too,’ Sindhu wrote.

‘This 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 that has the entire world in a fix? It has been months at home and we still question ourselves every time we step out. Internalizing all this and reading about so many heart-breaking stories online has got me to question a lot about myself and this world we live in. Not being able to represent India in the Denmark Open was the last straw,’ she added.

The shuttler then went on to say that she chooses to retire from this negativity, uncertainty, and lackadaisical attitude towards the virus.

‘Today, I choose to retire from this current sense of unrest. I retire from this negativity, the constant fear, uncertainty. I choose to retire from a complete lack of control over the unknown. Most importantly, I choose to retire from substandard hygiene standards and our lackadaisical attitude towards the virus,’ the badminton player said.

‘That being said, we must be hopeful about the light shining at the end of the tunnel. Yes, Denmark Open didn’t happen but that won’t stop me from training. When life comes at you, one must come back twice as hard. So will I for the Asia Open. I refuse to give up without putting up a solid fight. I refuse to give up without conquering this fear. And will carry on doing so till we have a safer world,’ Sindhu concluded.

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