Top lesser-known facts about PV Sindhu

Tokyo Olympics 2020 was the best Olympics ever for India. India witnessed its 10th Olympic Gold Medal won by Neeraj Chopra. He became very popular after winning this Gold. Another name that also became famous is PV Sindhu. PV Sindhu is a great woman badminton player on the Indian National team of Badminton. She was born on 5 July 1995 in Hyderabad. From the very young age of 8 years, she started playing Badminton. She won a Bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited her with her family. She is a very popular player in India but there are many facts that still people don’t know about her. So, here we presenting to you such fascinating facts about PV Sindhu that you shouldn’t miss.

1. Her parents are also a national level athlete

PV Sindhu with her parents

Undoubtedly, PV Sindhu is one of the finest Badminton players in the world. But the most amazing thing about PV Sindhu is that her parents are also athletes. Her father’s name is Pusaria Venkata Ramana was a professional Volleyball player and now working in Indian Railways. Her father was also a member of the Indian national team of Volleyball. He even represented India in Asian Games in 1986 and was later awarded Arjuna Award by the Government of India for his valuable contribution. PV Sindhu’s mother is a former national-level Volleyball player. Having parents with athletic backgrounds helped PV Sindhu a lot in terms of guidance, inspiration, and motivation.

2. Missed her real sister’s marriage for a tournament

PV Sindhu playing a shot

If you want to achieve great things in your life, then you have to sacrifice a lot. But these sacrifices won’t matter in the long term if you get what you desire. Talking about PV Sindhu, she also sacrificed a lot in her life. The most important thing she missed for her game is her sister’s marriage. Can you believe that a player is missing her real sister’s marriage because the game is more important to the player? In 2012, PV Sindhu participated in the Syed Modi Memorial India Open tournament. Unfortunately, her sister’s marriage was on the same date as the tournament. PV Sindhu decided to go with her game and missed the marriage. That’s a pure example of commitment toward your dream.

3. Used to Travel 120Kms daily for practice

Used to travel 120 kms daily

PV Sindhu’s growing days as a badminton player were not easy. She started learning the basics of Badminton at the age of 8 and was guided by Mehboob Ali. Later she joined Gopichand Academy for further practice. But the academy was quite far from her hometown. She used to travel 60km on each side daily to reach Gopinath Badminton Academy. To reach on time she used to wake up at 3 am in the morning and travel with her dad.

4. Only Indian to win BWF Championship

PV Sindhu during BWF Championship

World Badminton Championships sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the greatest league in the world. In 2019, PV Sindhu won the women’s singles badminton championship. The most fascinating thing is that PV Sindhu is the only Indian Athlete to win the BWF World Championship.

Watch Video: PV Sindhu wins Gold in BWF Championship

5. Awards and Achievements of PV Sindhu

Awards and Achievements

PV Sindhu has achieved significant medals and awards for her contribution to the game. Let’s have a quick look at these great achievements.

National Awards

  1.  She was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2020
  2.  In 2016, she was honored with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
  3. In 2015, the Government of India honored her with Padma Shri
  4.  She was awarded Arjuna Award by the Government of India in 2013.

Medals in Game

  1.  Gold Medal in BWF Championships in 2019
  2.  She won a silver medal in Asian Games in 2018
  3.  Sindhu won a Silver medal in Rio Olympics 2016 and a Bronze Medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020
  4.  Silver Medal in 2020 Commonwealth Games.

6. Her inspiration ‘Pullela Gopichand’

PV Sindhu with Pullela Gopichand

Every great achiever has a great inspirational model in their life. They follow them as their idol. And for PV Sindhu, her inspirational idol was Pullela Gopichand. Pullela Gopichand had played for the Indian national team Badminton and belongs to Andhra Pradesh. Currently, he is working as a national coach for the Indian National Badminton team. The major achievement of Gopichand was that he won the All England Badminton Championship in 2001. PV Sindhu is a great follower of his and admires him a lot. With god’s grace, PV Sindhu joined the prestigious Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad in 2004. She was trained by Pullela Gopichand at the academy. Having the same mentor which you have dreamt of. It’s like a dream come true for PV Sindhu.

7. Her career’s best ranking

PV Sindhu is one of the finest Athletes around the globe. She is 26 right now and won several significant medals and awards to date. She is also a two-time Olympic medal winner. The success she has achieved in her life is the result of her constant hard work. She is so brilliant that at the age of just 17 she entered into the top 20 players list of BWF World Rankings. PV Sindhu’s career-best ranking is number 2 in BWF Rankings. She achieved this spot in the year 2017.

Conclusion

After knowing the story of PV Sindhu, the best thing about her is that she is constantly working hard on her game. Starting at the age of 8 and constantly playing and maintaining her game with the same enthusiasm is not that easy. She has won several medals including two medals in Olympics, but she never settles with her achievement. After winning a bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics, she didn’t give up but she started her practice for the next Olympics with a dream of winning gold. Every human should adopt this kind of attitude in his or her life.

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