P.V. Sindhu brought another moment of glory for India on the 26th of August, 2019, when she became the Badminton World Champion, after defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in a crushing defeat.
As Twitter started chirping with congratulations for this 24 year old, it slowly sunk into the nation, that Sindhu had created history.
Here’s a quick glance at some of the things we didn’t know about our first ever Badminton World Champion:
Ever wondered what’s the full name of P.V. Sindhu? It’s – Pusarla Venkata Sindhu.
Guess when she first started playing badminton – when she was an eight-year old! And by 24 she is already a world champion.
She had some serious dedication towards the sport. Sindhu used to travel about 50-60kms every day to reach her badminton lessons, early in the morning.
It looks like sports is there in her blood. Her father, PV Ramana, is an Arjuna awardee in volleyball and her mother, P. Vijaya, too was a national level volleyball player.
Mehboob Ali was the person who trained her in her initial years at the Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunication.
Sindhu later shifted to training under Pullela Gopichand, who also happened to be her icon!
Everything comes with a price. For Sindhu, training for the sports meant giving up on her favourite chocolates and Hyderabadi biriyani, all for fitness!
Today as we all revel in the honour she has brought forth for the country, let us not forget to appreciate the effort she put in to achieve this. We are proud of you, P.V. Sindhu!