On Monday (November 2), professional badminton player PV Sindhu, by her own admission, gave her fans "a mini-heart attack" after announcing "I retire" on her official Twitter handle.
In bold letters, she proclaimed: "Denmark Open was the final straw. I retire." Although industrious news cycles for a moment assumed that not representing India was the metaphorical "final straw", leading to Sindhu's apparent retirement from professional badminton, there was a catch for anyone who did not bother to completely read through the text of her declaration.
As it turned out, PV Sindhu wasn't announcing her retirement from professional badminton, no, she was talking more in a rhetorical sense. Dealing with an "invisible virus" for months had taken its toll, and Sindhu was choosing to "retire" from the "current sense of unrest, negativity, constant fear, and uncertainty".
Admittedly, Sindhu was resolute in her aim to train for the next challenge. The Denmark Open was a setback, yes, but it only inspired her to "come back twice as hard" in training for the Asia Open.
So what the need for this high drama on Twitter? It is because, in her own words, "unprecedented times requires [sic] unprecedented measures."
Here's the full text of PV Sindhu's declaration in the tweet, separated by three images:
"Denmark Open was the final straw. I RETIRE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I may have given you guys a mini-heart attack: unprecedented times requires 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."