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How PV Sindhu remained sharp during her long CWG journey to win the singles gold medal

  Star shuttler has God-gifted talent but it’s strength & conditioning trainer Srikanth Verma who ensures she outlasts her opponents, like Michelle Li of Canada in the final. What’s happiness got to do with it? It was the question PV Sindhu and her strength and conditioning trainer Srikanth Verma pondered when they committed to turning the badminton star into a performance juggernaut. “I never enjoy anything in life. I don’t think I will till France Olympics,” Verma had said stoically on eve of the Commonwealth Games here, explaining how even his dreams revolve around how to keep the 27-year-old fit and fighting till Paris, her third Games. “Sometimes after she wins a title, I tell her ‘Enjoy for 2-3 days’,” he says, because happiness is on every life doctor’s prescription for success. “She’ll say, ‘No, it’s ok. I’m happy only.’ And next day, turn up for training,” he explains of someone he calls a god-gifted athlete, who still puts in an insane work rate to respect that genetic advantage.