Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu who brought India first ever Olympic silver medal at the Rio, 2016 has been nominated for the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award by Sports Ministry of India. News agency ANI reported that Sindhu’s name has been forwarded for the honour. Earlier Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had nominated former Indian cricket team’s captain MS Dhoni‘s name for the title.
PV Sindhu who recently won the Korea Open Superseries title after defeating Nozomi Okuhara in a stern battle is the second athlete to be recommended for the award after MS Dhoni. Sindhu has brought several loyal to the nation this year with heroics in the tournaments she represented India. The Hyderabad shuttler also won silver at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow. She was defeated by Okuhara in a historic battle which lasted for an hour and 50 minutes.
The Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian honour of our country. The award measures extraordinary service in any sphere of life including sports.
Earlier at the Rio Olympics, Sindhu was engaged in a sensation clash against the then world number 1 Carolina Marin and lost the top spot to her.
A timeline of Sindhu’s glorious badminton career
2012: Won the Asia Youth Championship beating Nozomi Okuhara 18-21, 21-17, 22-20 in June.
Lost the finals of Senior National Badminton Championships in Srinagar, India.
Once again a runners-up medal in Syed Modi India Grand Prix, Lucknow in December. Reached career-best ranking of 15 after the finals.
2013: Won Malaysian Open title defeating Gu Juan of Singapore.
Reached quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships. grabbed bronze.
Captained Hyderabad HotShots in the inaugural season of Indian Badminton League.
Won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold tournament on December, 1. Was honoured with Arjuna Award for the achievement.
2014: Semifinals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Bronze medal at the BWF World Championships becomes first Indian to win two successive medals at Worlds.
2015: Denmark Superseries finalist
Won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold
2016: Won Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title
Led Chennai Smashers to the semi-finals of Premier Badminton League.
Won Silver at Rio Olympics after suffering a defeat in the final against top seed Carolina Marin.
2017: Won India Open Superseries defeating Carolina Marin in the finals
Lost to Nozomi Okuhara at the BWF World Championships final
Won Korea Open Superseries avenging her World Championship loss against Okuhara
Sindhu rightly deserves this acclamation which has been previously graced by the likes of Saina Nehwal and her current coach Pullela Gopichand from her fraternity. This honour will add to the already illustrious career of the best Indian women shuttler of the era.