Kerala's Thulasi dreams of Olympic Medal
P.C Thulasi, an emerging star in Badminton, is now following the footsteps of Saina Nehwal and P.V Sindhu. Her recent win in the senior national badminton championship shows how she is keeping up with the expectations.
There are two important things in her victory. She became the first woman from Kerala to win the senior national badminton championship. She is also the third Keralite player winning this tournament after U. Vimal Kumar and George Thomas.
Now, this 24-year-old dreams about winning an Olympics medal in the next Olympics for her nation. That passion and spirit leads her forward. Thulasi opens up her mind and shares her dreams with us.
This is your first national title in badminton singles. What do you feel now?
Yes, I am so happy and I don’t know how to express my feelings. This is the first time that I am winning a national title so that is something special.
You are a national champion now. What is your next dream?
Of course, Olympics. Like any other sports person, winning a medal for our nation is my dream. I couldn’t qualify for Rio Olympics. I am looking forward to playing in Tokyo Olympics. I must qualify and win a medal there.
Once you were standing at 34th position in World ranking. What do you expect at the end of this season?
I reached 34th rank in the beginning of this season. But due to some injuries I had to take rest. Hence I couldn’t retain my position. Now I am at 101th place and this year I expect to reach in the first 75.
Which is more difficult - whether winning top ranks or retaining it?
Both are difficult. It is very difficult to reach the top position and at the same time if you are not a consistent performer, you cannot retain your achievements.
When you become your own critic, what kind of improvements do you need? What is your training pattern?
Yes, I have to improve more and I am trying for that. Hard work is the only solution. I have a total of three training sessions in a day. Morning 7 to 9, 11 to 12:30 and evening 4 to 7.
What did you learn from veteran players like Saina Nehwal and P. V Sindhu? Do you share your experiences with them?
Actually they will not give any advise. But they helped me a lot and I have learned a lot of lessons from them.
What are the upcoming championships? How do you prepare?
Now I am practicing in Pullela Gopichand Academy. Tournaments will commence from the next month. I was at home for 10 days and I will return back to Hyderabad soon. We haven’t made any final decision on our team. After reaching the academy, I will decide on which tournaments to participate.
Do you think that the popularity of Cricket is negatively affecting badminton in our country?
Cricket gets more importance in our country. This is the truth. After cricket, I feel badminton also gets some importance in recent years and the number of badminton enthusiasts is increasing day by day. But Cricket definitely hampers the growth of other sports .
You are interested in movies; What kind of movies do you like to watch?
I like all types of movies, especially Malayalam. And I like all actors.
How did you enter the world of Badminton?
Actually, I never thought of becoming a Badminton player in my life. My father is the reason behind that. He made me get on the court. Now I am working in O.N.G.C, Chennai, but I am completely concentrating in badminton.
Support from your family?
I told u, my father, TV Prasanth, is the one who made me get on the Badminton court. And I have received unstinted support from my mother, brother and grandmother.
Do you get enough support from Kerala?
Yes, the state government gives good support when I win international tournaments.