Indian Badminton Player P.V. Sindhu Makes History in Rio Olympics 2016
A day after wrestler Sakshi Malik won India’s first medal at the Rio Olympics, badminton player P.V. Sindhu ensured a historic medal for the country by winning in the semifinals of the women’s singles. The Saina Nehwal win the 2012 London Olympics bronze to being India’s lone badminton medal hope in the 2016 Games.
PV Sindhu First Indian Woman to win an Olympic Silver Medal
Sindhu scripted a stellar 22-20, 21-19 win against former World No. 1 and London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan to enter the women’s semifinals. Her fierce strokeplay and aggressive crosscourt returns have been the highlights of her game so far. She rated her win over the London Olympics silver medallist as one of the best moments of her career.
The 21-year-old Indian player defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in a semifinal match that she dominated with a torrent of smashes and drop shots. Sindhu’s semifinal win made sure that India wins a silver medal.
She lost to Carolina Marín of Spain in the final by a score of 19-21, 21-12, 21-15. Sindhu consequently won the Silver medal becoming the youngest Indian to win a medal for the country.
Prior to the Games, Sindhu said, “The biggest dream I am chasing now is an Olympic medal. I remember watching Saina in London. Then I was ranked World No. 25. I always longed to be there and I am all excited to represent India in Rio.” She broke into the Top 20 in 2012.
Rewards for Sindhu after Rio Olympics 2016:
Recognising the contribution of the Gopichand Badminton Academy where Sindhu has been trained since her childhood.
- The first gift that Sindhu will receive is a BMW from V Chamundeshwarnath, president of Hyderabad District Badminton Association. V Chamundeshwarnath is a close friend of Sachin Tendulkar.
- 1.01 lakh (US$1,500) from Salman Khan, for qualifying as an Olympic participant
- CM Sri K Chandrashekar Rao announced a reward of Rs 5 Crores and 1000 Sq.Yds plot in Hyderabad to Kum PV Sindhu, on winning Silver Medal at Rio Olympics. Sri Pullela Gopichand, coach of PV Sindhu would be given a reward of Rs One Crore. CM also announced cash reward of Rs One Crore to Kum Sakshi Malik, on winning Bronze Medal at Rio Olympics.
- Andhra Pradesh government announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore and a Group-1 officer job to badminton champion P V Sindhu for winning the silver medal in Rio Olympics.
- BAI: Badminton Association of India too announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh for Sindhu and Rs 10 lakh for Gopichand.
- The All India Football Federation also awarded Rs 5 lakh each for both Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.
- Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh, a senior official of the Public Relation department said.
- A Vijayawada-based top jewellery showroom chain will sign up Sindhu as their brand ambassador.
- Several real estate developers are likely to gift flats to promote their prestigious ventures in IT corridor.
- Mahindra and Mahindra will gift one of their famous SUVs of Sindhu’s choice to the shuttler.
- The Delhi government also announced Rs 1 crore as an award to Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik, and Rs 2 crore to Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu.
- Delhi Government also offered a promotion to Sakshi Malik’s father who works in the Delhi Transport Corporation.
- Senior actor and YSRCP leader Vijaychandar has announced that he would gift two acres to PV Sindhu. YSRCP President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will hand over the land documents to Sindhu, said Vijaychandar. “The land is located at Karakapatla near the farm house of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao. We’ll register the land on Sindhu’s name and our party President YS Jagan will hand over the registered documents to Sindhu,” said Vijaychandar.
Who is PV Sindhu?
She first made her mark in the badminton circles in 2013. She won her maiden grand Prix gold at the Malaysian Open, went on to win the first of her hat-trick of titles at the Macau Open. The bigger reward in the form of Arjuna award was the icing on the cake.
With former volleyball players for parents — her father, Ramanna is an Arjuna awardee — it is only natural that sports had always been her calling. But why badminton? Inspired by her iconic mentor, Pullela Gopichand’s exploits on the court, she started wielding the racquet at the age of eight. She was awarded the FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year in 2014 and NDTV Indian of the Year 2014, the year in which she won her second consecutive medal at the World Championships.
In March 2015, P.V. Sindhu became the youngest recipient of the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.
She is the second-highest-ranked women’s singles player from India after Olympic bronze medalist and No. 2 Saina Nehwal.
With a methodical style of play, considered to be defensive — building up with long rallies to lay seize to a point as and when an opening arises, she has evolved remarkably well to streamline her method towards winning. At the same time, she has recently added a more aggressive facet to her game, being more vociferous and playing attacking shots that put the opponent on the backfoot.