Ace shuttler PV Sindhu made the country proud in Rio Olympics Friday evening as she became the first Indian woman to win a Silver medal at the biggest sporting event of the world. World number 10 Sindhu, playing in her first Olympic Games, went down fighting in the Gold medal match against world number one Carolina Marin of Spain, 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 to give India its first Olympic Silver medal in Badminton.
“The fight, the willingness, the fire, everything was evident as Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was playing in the Badminton women’s singles Final. Her opponent Carolina Marin, is current number one and Sindhu ranks 10th, but that tactical edge was not visible as both the players fought for every single point. With screams and yells from both end of the net Sindhu won the first set 21-19. Losing first set Carolina upped the ante and showed her agressive side. Second set was won by Spaniard but the game was far from over. In third and decisive set the game tilted in Carolina’s favour but everytime Sindhu did found a way to decrease the gap. In the end experience trumped the hearty effort and Sindhu lost the hard fought battle 15-21. For Marin, it was Gold medal in her maiden appearance in Olympics Final. So, was it for Sindhu. After winning she was ecstatic and said, I am on cloud 9.
Sindhu’s father the Arjun Awardee and a volleyball player P V Ramana said, she will definitelly work hard for the next Games. Padma Bhushan recipient Pullela Gopichand, the coach of the Silver medallist said she has made him proud and she gave her best.
The 21 year old Sindhu, youngest Indian to win a medal at Olympics, rose to podium to get that Silver medal and smiled as she made the country proud.
The jouney for a medal in Badminton started from London 2012, when Saina Nehwal bagged the first medal a Bronze for India. Sindhu just went for a notch above and took Silver at Rio 2016. Now, all eyes should be on Tokyo 2020 as India searches for its Gold.
Congratulations have poured in for Sindhu for winning the Silver medal.
President Pranab Mukherjee said, in a tweet, that it is a proud moment for India and the whole nation rejoices with Sindhu and her family.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Sindhu’s accomplishment is historic and will be remembered for years.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Olympic Silver Medalist and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavadhan Rathore have also congratulated Sindhu.
India’s biggest sporting legends Sachin Tendulkar, 2008 Beijing Games Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and Vishwanathan Anand have also hailed Sindhu.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu joined the nation in congratulating P V Sindhu on winning Silver medal in Olympics. Chandrababu said in a statement that Sindhu stood as an inspiration for scores of Indian youth. In a message, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said that Sindhu is pride of India in particular Telangana State.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Sindhu for her performance and said her performance will inspire the youth of India.
In a message, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Sindhu had made the whole country proud.
Karunanidhi also extended his greetings to Sindhu for winning Silver medal in the women’s singles in the Olympics.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi also congratulated Sindhu for her historical performance. She said Sindhu’s Silver medal is the most precious jewel in the Crown of Mother India and sets an example for generations to come.
Badminton Association of India has announced a cash reward of 50 lakh rupees to Sindhu for her momentous feat. 10 lakh rupees have also been announced for Sindhu’s coach and Dronacharya awardee Pullela Gopichand.
The Madhya Pradesh government has also announced a reward of 50 lakh rupees to Sindhu.