In the eighth edition of our Tokyo 2021 Summer Games series; today we talk about PV Sindhu, the Indian Shuttler. Tokyo Olympics are the thirty second edition of the Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games which were initially scheduled in 2020 but the global pandemic Corona got it postponed by a year almost. The rescheduled edition is planned during July 23- August 8. Here are a few things about PV Sindhu that you may not know about her:
Born & Family
PV Sindhu was born on July 5, 1995 at Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh State of India. Her full name is Pusarla Venkata Sindhu. Sindhu’s father Pusarla Venkata Ramana, an Arjuna Awardee, was part of the Indian Volleyball team that won bronze at the Asian Games 1986. Her mother P Vijaya is also a retired Volleyball player. Sindhu’s parents are employees of Indian Railways. Her elder sister Divya is a Doctor and former national level sportsperson. This was about PV Sindhu’s family and personal life.
About PV Sindhu’s Career
PV Sindhu started Badminton very early in her childhood after inspiring from the former All England Champion and who would be her coach in future, Pullela Gopichand. She would start with Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships bronze medal and that journey has seen her grow from a good badminton player to a record machine for India in international badminton.
Till 2012, Sindhu would pocket 3 Asian Junior Championships medals including an Asian Junior Badminton Championships gold medal at Gimcheon in 2012, and a Commonwealth Youth Games gold in Douglas at 2011. Sindhu, in 2013, would take her career up a few notches as she would win the bronze medal of the World Championships 2013 at Copenhagen in Women’s Singles, first Indian woman and second Indian Badminton player to do so in singles after the Great Prakash Padukone.
In 2014, Sindhu would add another World Championship bronze to her profile in Women’s Singles as well as an Uber Cup & Asian Games Bronze in team event. Sindhu would also add a Commonwealth Games bronze this year at Glasgow. 2015 would see her win her third Macau Open title in Women’s Singles and a year later the Indian ace shuttler would be Rio bound to her first Olympics.
Sindhu, in 2016, would win an Uber Cup bronze, a South Asian Games gold in team event and a South Asian Games Silver in Women’s Singles before moving on to the Olympics to get her name imprinted in silver colors in Indian Sports history. She won the Silver medal of Women’s Singles event, and hence climbed the highest pedal of podium at the Olympics by an Indian Woman.
PV Sindhu would add 3 World Championships medals including a gold, an Asian Games silver, 2 Commonwealth Games medals in the next three years along with a semifinal finish at the All England. Her World Championship medals count would make her with the joint most medals in World Championships. In 2021, Sindhu would make to her second Olympic Games journey. She’s managed by Baseline Ventures. This was a brief about PV Sindhu’s sports career.
About PV Sindhu’s Awards & Honors
Widely known as the one of the top prospects of Indian Medal dreams at the Olympics again, here are a few records and honors that tell a lot about PV Sindhu:
1. The First Indian Badminton Player to reach Olympics final.
2. The first Indian Female to win an Olympic Silver.
3. She was awarded Arjuna Award in 2013.
4. She was awarded Padma Shri in 2015.
5. She was awarded Khel Ratna in 2016.
6. She was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2020.
7. She was the FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year 2014
6. In 2016, she embarked on her first Olympic Games journey.
7. Five medals at the World Championships, joint most in Women’s Singles.
8. In 2021, she embarked on her second Olympic Games journey.
These were a few things that you need to know about PV Sindhu. This was it for today, folks. We’ll be back with another story of incredible success with our next content on Indian Olympians. Stay tuned till then. Hope you’re liking the content we create for you. If you think you can contribute by sharing your thoughts and asking questions, feel free to put these into the comments boxes below the posts. Stay safe and healthy.
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