Though you have lost the finals, you have won millions of hearts girl. You have a long way to go, PV Sindhu. PV Sindhu has not only made our country proud but also gave a tight slap on the faces of all those who think that girls are only a burden. She has become the first Indian woman to bag a silver medal at the Olympics. Apart from this, she is the first Indian to reach the final match of badminton at Olympics. Not only is this, at the age of only 21, she the youngest of all the Indian medal winners in Olympics. What an achievement at the age of 21 only? Here we are going to discuss everything about the life of our champion.
Childhood: She was born on 5th July 1995 in Secunderabad. Her father and mother were professional volleyball players and her father Mr. P.V. Ramana was honored with Arjuna award. In spite of volleyball being the family sport, P.V. Sindhu had her interest in badminton and she made it her passion. She started playing badminton at the age of 8 years.
Early training: Pullela Gopichand was the inspiration of P.V. Sandhu when he won the All England Open Championship in 2001. She was just six years old when he won the Championship. At the age of 8, she started her apprenticeship in the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad under the guidance of Mehboob Ali. After some time, she moved one step ahead by joining Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy. According to ‘The Hindu’ correspondent, she used to reach the academy daily on time in spite of traveling 56 KM distance from her to the academy. This shows her passion and hard work to improve her skills and to be the best badminton player. Her hard work has paid her the silver medal and made her family and whole India proud of her.
Achievements: There are many domestic and international championships where P.V. Sindhu has left her footmarks in the form of a winner. Starting from the domestic ones, she claimed the singles title at Ambuja Cement All India ranking. Talking about the under-13 category, she won doubles titles at the Sub-Junior Nationals, Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament, IOC All India Ranking and last but not the least All India Ranking in Pune. She even won a gold medal at the 51st National School games in the under-14 category.
Keeping the domestic achievements aside, P.V. Sindhu proved her at the international ground very soon. In the 2009 Sub-junior Asian Badminton Championship, Sindhu won a bronze medal in Colombo. Again in 2010, she won a silver medal in the women’s singles at Iran Fair International Badminton Challenge. All these achievements and her hard work made her place in the national team at the 2010 Uber Cup.
Honours: P.V. Sindhu was honored with Padma Shri in 2015. Padma Shri is considered to be the fourth highest civilian award in India. She was given a title of FICCI breakthrough Sportsperson in 2014. She even received NDTV Indian of the year in 2014.
Most of the people are not aware of the hard work and the effort that she put in improving her badminton skills. From the last three years, she has been working hard with her coach daily from 4:15 am in the morning. This shows how dedicated and hardworking she is. This is the reason behind her back to back medals and all other achievements. We are so proud to have such a talented women and she is truly an inspiration for all of us.