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PV Sindhu denies rift with family, Gopi

New Delhi: PV Sindhu has temporarily shifted her training base to England but the 2019 badminton world champion denied it was due to poor attention at the national camp or rift with her family in Hyderabad.

When Sindhu, 25, announced that she is in England for a few weeks for recovery and assistance in nutrition, it whipped up a controversy on social media.

Some media reports suggested the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist quit the ongoing camp in Hyderabad and flew to London due to a rift with chief national coach Pullela Gopichand and tension with her family. All those involved have denied the reports.

“I came to London a few days back to work on my nutrition and recovery needs with GSSI. In fact I have come here with the consent of my parents and absolutely there were no family rifts in this regard,” Sindhu tweeted.

“Why will I have problems/issues with my parents who have sacrificed their lives for my sake. Mine is a very close knitted family and they will always support me. I am in touch with my family members everyday,” she said in the tweet.

Sindhu will be based in London for six weeks to work with Rebecca Randell, specialist in sports nutrition, exercise metabolism and supplements at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI). She tweeted a photo with Randell on Monday saying she is focused on nutrition and recovery before resuming full training for the Asia tour three months later.

“She is the brand ambassador for Gatorade. They have been calling her for the past two years. Earlier, Sindhu couldn’t find time, now because there are no tournaments she informed the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and left,” the player’s father PV Ramana said from Hyderabad.

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