PV Sindhu – the World No 5 has created history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to win gold at BWF World Championships held at Basel, Switzerland. With this win, the Olympic silver medallist has shut down all who questioned her ability to win the gold medal.
On August 25th, 2019, the feisty 24-year-old Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan with 21-7, 21-7. Sindhu is also the joint-most successful women’s singles shuttler and three straight final appearances.
Congratulatory messages poured in from all corner for the shuttler. Assam Minister and president of Badminton Association of India, Himanta Biswa Sarma congratulated ‘incredible’ Sindhu and said she has made India proud. “This is a historic moment for all of us. I am thrilled with joy. India is proud,” Sarma tweeted.
Sindhu came to international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17. In March 2015, she was conferred with India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri.
Congratulating the star shuttler, Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju assured that the government will provide support and facilities to produce champions.
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