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PM Modi calls Sindhu ‘India’s pride’

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/27/2019 12:37:37 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met newly crowned world champion P.V. Sindhu and wished luck to the ace shuttler for her future endeavours.

Sindhu on Sunday thrashed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the final of the women’s singles event to become the first Indian to win gold in the BWF World Championships.

“India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met P.V. Sindhu. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavours,” tweeted Modi. 

Prime Minister Modi had earlier congratulated Sindhu after her historic win in Basel, Switzerland. “The stupendously talented P.V. Sindhu makes India proud again! Congratulations to her for winning the Gold at the BWF World Championships. The passion and dedication with which she’s pursued badminton is inspiring. P.V. Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players,” Modi had tweeted. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Sindhu also met Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. “Honoured P.V. Sindhu who created history and made India proud by winning the World Badminton Championship for the first time. My best wishes to her in her pursuit to bring more glory to India,” Rijiju tweeted after meeting Sindhu.

The 24-year-old Indian shuttler reached Delhi early on Tuesday and received a grand welcome at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. 

“It’s a great moment for me. I am really very proud to be an Indian. I wish I will get many more medals for the country,” Sindhu told reporters.

“Hard work is the key to success. I would like to thank each and every fan of mine. It’s because of their love and support that I am here,” she added.

It was her fifth medal at the World Championships, which is the joint highest in women’s singles in the history of the tournament along with Xhang Ning of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist. 

Apart from the two silvers which Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014.

Sindhu thanks fans, promises more medals

Following her historic victory at the World Championships, star shuttler P.V. Sindhu said she is very proud to be an Indian and will try to win more medals for the country in the times to come.

On Sunday, Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to win gold at the BWF World Championships after she thrashed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the final of the women’s singles event in Basel, Switzerland. 

“It’s a great moment for me. I am really very proud to be an Indian. I wish I will get many more medals for the country,” Sindhu told reporters upon her arrival in the national capital on Tuesday.

“Hard work is the key to success. I would like to thank each and every fan of mine. It’s because of their love and support that I am here,” she added.

It was her fifth medal at the World Championships, which is the joint highest in women’s singles in the history of the tournament along with Xhang Ning of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist. 

Apart from the two silvers which Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014. 

The 24-year-old had earlier said that after missing out on the previous two occasions where she lost to Okuhara and Carolina Marin in 2017 and 2018 respectively, she was desperate to win the title this year. 

“It’s a very important win for me because after two bronze and two silver medals, I really wanted the title. I was expecting this for a long time and now finally it has happened. So, I’m really happy,” she had said.

 

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