PV Sindhu becomes the 1st Indian shuttler to win a gold at World Championships.

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian professional badminton player. By winning the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships, Sindhu became the first Indian ever to become a world champion in badminton. Having made her international debut in 2009, she rose to a career-high ranking of no. 2 in April 2017.

 

 Throughout her career, Sindhu has won medals at numerous tournaments on the BWF circuit, including a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics which made her the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal as well as the first Indian to reach the Olympic final in badminton.

 

 

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born in Hyderabad to P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya. Both her parents have been national-level, volleyball players. Her father, Ramana, who was a member of the Indian volleyball team that won the bronze medal in 1986 Seoul Asian Games, received the Arjuna Award in 2000 for his contribution to the sports. 

She has an elder sister, Dr. P. V. Divya, who was a national-level handball player. However, she was not interested in pursuing professional sports and became a doctor.

Honors

  • Honored with Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in March 2015 
  • Received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honor of India, on 29 August 2016
  • Bestowed with Arjuna Award for badminton on 24 September 2013