Paris 2024

Age: 28

DOB: July 5, 1995

Sport: Badminton

Hometown: Hyderabad

Tournament
Olympics011
World Championships122
Asian Championships002
Commonwealth Games221
Asian Games011
Uber Cup002

P.V. Sindhu, a name synonymous with power and finesse in badminton, is geared up to represent India at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Her relentless spirit and exceptional skills have not only earned her recognition all over India but also solidified her place as a global badminton icon.

Early Life and Background

Badminton became an integral part of Sindhu’s life at a young age. Encouraged by her parents, she began training under the watchful eye of coach Pullela Gopichand at the tender age of eight. With unwavering dedication and a natural aptitude for the sport, Sindhu honed her skills and embarked on a path to badminton stardom. 

Sindhu and her father went 30 kilometers (19 miles) each way twice a day to practice at Gopichand’s academy, and the young athlete benefited from her time there. She won the all-India ranking competition in both the under-10 singles and under-13 doubles categories.

In 2016, after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) promoted her to Deputy Sports Manager. She was also appointed as the first brand ambassador of Bridgestone India. In the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, Sindhu was the flag bearer for India. 

Major Achievements:

  • Silver Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics (First Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal)
  • World Champion in Women’s Singles (2019)
  • Two-time Commonwealth Games Champion (2014, 2018)
  • Olympic Bronze Medal (2020 Tokyo)
  • Numerous podium finishes at the BWF World Tournaments
  • Arjuna Award (2013) – India’s second-highest sporting honor
  • Padma Bhushan (2015) – India’s third-highest civilian award
  • Khel Ratna Award (2016) – India’s highest sporting honor

Qualifying Events

P.V. Sindhu’s qualification for the Paris Olympics was a smooth journey. Former world champion, who won silver at the Rio 2016 Olympics and bronze at Tokyo 2020, secured the quota by finishing 12th on the Race to Paris Ranking List. Players in the top 16 (up to two per country) of the men’s and women’s Race to Paris Rankings secure a spot for their national teams for the Olympics. 

Training and Preparation

From January 2024, Sindhu started to train under Indonesian legend Agus Dwi Santos, focusing on improving her stamina, stroke power, and overall game strategy. She has also participated in international tournaments as part of her preparation for the Olympics. Sindhu participated in various competitions including, Badminton Asia Championship, Malaysia Masters, Singapore Open and Indonesia Open. 

Olympics
2 weeks

Events at Paris Olympics 2024

Women’s Singles

Sindhu could be seen playing the top shuttlers in the world like Carolina Marin, An Se Young, Akane Yamaguchi and Chen Yu Fei. For now, the draw for the Paris Olympics 2024 badminton competition is not out yet though.

Quotes and Interviews

The Paris Olympics are a crucial milestone for Sindhu. Beyond the Games, she aspires to continue inspiring young badminton players and etch her name permanently in the history books as one of the greatest badminton players of all time.

Conclusion

As P.V. Sindhu takes to the court at the Paris Olympics, the entire nation of India will be cheering her on, hoping to witness her return home a champion. She has a golden opportunity to become the first Indian athlete to claim three Olympic medals when she competes in Paris.

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