PV Sindhu's 'I retire' post takes social media by storm, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju reacts

Olympic silver medallist and World Champion PV Sindhu sent shock waves on social media as she shared a long post, on Twitter and Instagram, that started with two unexpected words - "I RETIRE." Sindhu's post read, "Denmark Open was the last straw."

The post has gone viral on social media and India's Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also reacted to Sindhu's 'retirement' post. Kiren Rijiju retweeted Sindhu's 'I retire' post and wrote, "You actually gave a mini shock @Pvsindhu1 but I had unflinching faith in your power of determination. I'm sure y

"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 learned 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.

"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 known," Sindhu further wrote, hinting she was not retiring from the game but rather wanted people's attention in order to let them focus on following the guidelines to tackle the coronavirus.

"Most importantly, I choose to retire from substandard hygiene standards 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," Sindhu further clarified.


"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. 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," she concluded.