Rio Olympics Silver Medallist PV Sindhu has been recommended by the Sports Ministry for the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award. World No. 2 Sindhu has been in stellar form and recently became first Indian shuttler to lift Korea Open Super Series title. She is the second athlete after cricketer MS Dhoni to be nominated for the country’s third highest civilian award.
“Yes, we have recommended Sindhu for Padma Bhushan,” a Sports Ministry official told PTI.
“Very happy that my name has been recommended for Padma Bhushan. I would like to thank the govt and the sports ministry,” Sindhu was quoted by ANI as saying.
India’s only silver medallist in the sport of badminton at the Olympics, Sindhu was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour in 2016. Sindhu was also awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri in March 2015.
The honour adds to the illustrious awards Sindhu already owns. She also joins Saina Nehwal and national team coach Pullela Gopichand to become the third shuttler to be conferred the Padma Bhushan.