When the players from rest of the world were busy making strategies about beating Saina Nehwal in Olympic (Indian badminton player), there was someone else preparing for the battle
A hidden warrior, who came from nowhere and astound everybody. I am talking about P.V Sindhu (Pusarla Venkata Sindhu), the lady who made India pride with her silver medal in Rio 2016 (Olympics). She destroyed the beliefs of many obstructionists, who always underestimated the power of women and considered them nothing more than a teddy; a mere showpiece for their showcase.
21 years old Sindhu gives all the credit to her parents for whatever she is today. Not many know that she is from a sports family; her father is Arjuna Awardee (her parents are volleyball professionals). The story behind her success is very inspiring and so is her success. I remember, twitter was flooded with hashtags in her favor, when she was on her trip to gold. Be it general public or B-Town celebs, everybody was eager to mark his/her presence on some most trending hashtags like sindhuforgold, allthebestsindhu, pvsindhu, goforgold. Then, came the news that she lost to her Spanish opponent Maria. Still, people were congratulating her for winning the silver and saying her thanks for reserving a place for the tricolor.
This shuttler received a huge round applaud from Telangana Government in the terms of ₹5 Crores and 1000 Yard Land, Andhra Pradesh Government honored her with ₹3 Crores, and Delhi Government announced a token of appreciation of worth ₹2 Crores. She also received ₹50 Lacs from BAI (Badminton Association of India). In addition, ₹75 Lacs were awarded by BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited), India Olympic Association awarded her with an amount of ₹30 Lacs, and All India Football Federation accolade her with ₹5 Lacs. This is not it. Bhai Jaan of B-Town, Salman Khan gifted her a cheque of ₹1.01 Lacs and our Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar presented her a BMW car. Roughly, it was ₹13Crores.
Behind her success, it’s her endless struggle and hard work. How can those daily trips of 56 KMs can be overlooked? This was the distance that she used to travel every day for her training at Hyderabad with Mr. Gopichand Pullela. For the second time, after Mary Kom, I would feel no hesitation in saying that, “behind every successful woman, there is a man.” Unbeknownst to many, P.V Sindhu reached the semifinals at Commonwealth Games (2014, Glasgow) as well.
Besides, she reached to her maiden-finals in Denmark (2015) open and she won the singles title at Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold(2016). Another interesting fact about Sindhu is – like her father, Sindhu is also an Arjun Awardee (2014) and she was decorated with the highly prestigious award for sports when she was just 18. She is not only the first Indian shuttler to be announced as the winner of a silver medal, but also the first Indian lady who successfully made reached in the badminton’s finals.