P.V Sindhu- international badminton player
P. V. Sindhu or Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an ace shuttler and silver medalist at 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Born in 1995, Hyderabad, Sindhu won hearts of many at a very young age.
She is daughter of volleyball players P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya, who have been honoured with Arjuna Award for their excellence in the respective sport. As being born and raised in an athletic environment- she was very much keen of playing several sports since childhood only. But she never wished to become a player, in fact, she wanted to become a doctor. She started playing badminton from the age of eight only. She commenced her badminton training under the guidance of revered coach Mehboob Ali at Scendurabad, from there she joined the prestigious Gopichand Badminton Academy to get trained. She actually used to travel 50 kilometers a day to get to her training institute in Hyderabad. Maybe that’s why since a very young age P.V Sindhu was featured in top 10 in the world badminton rankings for the most part of 2014. She was first recognized in the 5th Servo All India ranking championship for under 10 category. She also won the singles category titles at the Ambuja Cement All India ranking. Sindhu won doubles titles at the IOC All India Ranking, Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament in under 13 category. At the 51st National School Games in India, Sindhu won the gold medal in under-14 category. And since then she has been recognized as one of the best female badminton player. But this was just the beginning, soon Sindhu bid international grounds as well. She won a bronze medal at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo, and won a silver at Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge in 2010. In 2010 Uber cup she was selected in the national team. Year 2013, proved to be remarkable in the career of Sindhu as in May 2013, she won the singles title at Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold. Sindhu, and at the age of 18 bagged the bronze medal at the BWF World championships and thus secured her name as the first Indian badminton women to win a medal in the singles event at world championship. In the same year she was also awarded with the Arjuna Award. In the year 2014, Sindhu won the bronze medal at the 2014 Common Wealth games held in Glasgow. She was named in the 2014 NDTV Indian of the year. She never stopped achieving heights, in November 2015, P.V. Sindhu won the women’s single title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold. Sindhu also captained the team ‘Chennai Smashers’ in the 2016 Premier Badminton League, the team won all its five league matches to qualify for the semi-final. During this time, Sindhu also won the fourth highest civilian award- Padma Shri.
It was the year 2016, where Sindhu became a name familiar for everyone, she was an overnight sensation. At the Rio Olympics 2016, Sindhu made her way to the finals but unfortunately was defeated in the finals and secured a silver medal. Though she was defeated, but her remarkable journey to finals shed light on her completely. She was the most searched person on google of the year. Newspaper, television channels, social media all were just broadcasting one name- P.V Sindhu. And just like this she won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. In 2018 Asian games, she won a silver in the women singles category. She was also listed in the Forbes India first list of 22 young achiever’s. She was ranked seventh by the Forbes list of “highest paid female athletes”. She has also featured many cover of big magazines like GRAZIA, JFW and ELLE. After she won the silver at Rio Olympics, Sindhu was appointed at the deputy collector of Andhra Pradesh.
P.V Sindhu is indeed an inspiration for many women in INDIA. At the time when women are not even allowed to complete their studies- this girl shinned out like a star. When we are busy criticizing our conditions, some people are creating history. Sindhu proved that women are as much stronger and talented as any other males, you doubt it? Well, when you have 1.4 billion people rooting for you, that’s no small achievement. Inspiration comes from seeing such a talent. Three cheers for the young talent!