PV Sindhu

Hitting those speedy strokes and cross-court returns to win a silver medal at 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has etched her name in the Indian history. With this win, she became the first and youngest Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics and the second Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal.

 

    • Born on July 5, 1995, in Hyderabad to V. Ramana and P. Vijaya, both of whom are national volleyball players, Sindhu had started playing Badminton since the age of 6.

 

    • Attending Auxilium High School in her home city until 9th grade, she completed her further education through correspondence because of her hectic schedule.

 

    • Inspired by Pullela Gopichand’s win in All England Badminton Championship in 2001, Sindhu became further interested in playing this game.

 

    • In the year 2004, Sindhu came under the guardianship of Pullela Gopichand. It was Gopichand’s support and guidance that made Sindhu win the doubles title at the 5th Servo All India championship and the singles title at the Ambuja Cement All India tournament, playing in the under-10 category.

 

    • Adding further victories to her name, she won the singles title at under-13 level at the Sub-juniors in Pondicherry, doubles titles at the Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament, IOC All India Ranking, the Sub-Junior Nationals, and the Pune All India Ranking. Later, she helped her under-14 team win a gold medal at the 51st National School Games in India.

 

    • It was when she won a bronze medal at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships in Colombo that she got the international recognition for her powerful performances and she has been creating history ever since.

 

    • She was awarded the Arjuna Award for badminton in 2013.

 

    • In 2014, she received the FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the year award. The same year, NDTV named her the Indian of the Year 2014.

 

    • In 2015, the Indian Government honored her with the Padma Shri award.

 

    • She also received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for badminton in 2016.

 

Inspiring girls with her dedication and successes…#makingindiaproud

 

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