Blog by : Zainab Suratwala
P V Sindhu – An Olympic Medalist
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu or popularly known as PV Sindhu is a professional Indian badminton player who has earned huge fame after winning the silver medal in Rio Olympics 2016. By winning this, she became a youngest Indian woman who won the silver medal in Olympics. After Saina Nehwal, she became the second Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal. Her father and mother both were the professional volleyball players.
Although both her parents were the volleyball players, but Sindhu started playing badminton at an age of 8 and got motivation from Pullela Gopichand’s win in All England Badminton Championship at 2001.
Sindhu then continued her badminton journey with some consistent performances in various national & international tournaments. Some of her notable achievements include; Silver in women’s singles in Iran Fajr International challenge at 2010, and Asia Youth U19 Championship at 2012 and Bronze at the World Championship in year 2012 & 2014.
Hard Core Training
Many would not be aware of her diligence that she puts in the training process. This 19 year old is working out hard with her coach Gopichand from 4.15am daily for last 3 years.
Sindhu scripted history just by becoming first Indian to win 2 end-to-end medals in World Badminton Championships.
Best endorsement for Sindhu is Gopichand’s words regarding her commitment and dedication towards the sport: “Most amazing feature in her game is her never-say-die kind of spirit.”
PV Sindhu has never yet stopped to look for new challenge to overcome, and her dedicated belief in her abilities has also helped her to go a very long way.
Everything is possible in sport, and in any field, only if we put the hard work and dedication. There must not be any kind of inhibitions when you set your goals. What come may, be focused and you will get there one day.
Awards & Rewards
- She got honoured by Arjuna Award for the badminton in year 2013. She was also honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2016. Both of these are prominent awards that are given to sports person in India.
- PV Sindhu made history by becoming youngest Indian woman earning the Silver medal in Rio Olympics 2016.
- In year 2015, Indian Government honoured her with Padma Shri award. This is a fourth biggest civilian honour that is awarded in India.
Coach of Sindhu, Gopichand totally banned on sugars, sweets, junk foods, and unhealthy food items from her diet. As said sugar may cause inflammation and can spoil your body from the recovery. He told that champion and athlete must follow the ban to get their body fit for the sports.
Daily meal of Sindhu is monitored consistently. Real challenge with PV Sindhu is that her hunger is quite less than the normal. She is provided with the measured and high-calorie nutritious meal each time and then followed with the food supplements. Even, when playing sports she sips on some supplement drinks. This is the high-energy boosting as well as protein drink.