An Olympic Athlete from My Own Hometown
I was very happy when I saw today’s news on the television about Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, who has won the Women’s Single Badminton semi-final match at Rio’s Olympic Games 2016. I am very happy because she is from my hometown, Hyderabad India.
The Training of an Olympic Badminton Player
P V Sindhu started her badminton training at a very early age. She trains at Hyderabad’s Gopichand Badminton Academy, a not-for-profit academy that identifies and supports Indian athletes. The academy has trained several other successful badminton players, including Saina Nehwal and Srikanth Kidambi.
P V Sindhu’s parents are also elite athletes. Both her father, P V Ramana, and her mother, P Vijaya, are former volleyball players. P V Ramana won the 2000 Arjuna Award for his sport. I was told that P V Sindhu started her training for badminton at the age of 8 years. Although her parents are volleyball players, she chose to play badminton because she inspired by the success of Pulela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion. Gopichand is now her coach.
In the today’s interview by NTV, P V Sindhu’s parents stated that they are very happy with her performance. They also said that she never used to miss her training class – not even a single day since she started her training. Coach Pullela Gopichand also said of the badminton player that “the most striking feature in Sindhu’s game is her attitude.” Every master wishes his students should be as systematic and have such an outstanding attitude, and that they should win every match they play!
Badminton Titles and Honours Received
After joining the Gopichand Academy, P V Sindhu won several titles in various youth categories. She later went on to win some very prestigious tournaments and games. The badminton player took gold in the women’s singles at the Indonesia International Challenge in 2011 and at the Macau Open Badminton Championships every year from 2013 – 2016. P V Sindhu also topped the Malaysia Masters in both 2013 and 2016.
In 2013, the young badminton player followed in her father’s footsteps and won her own prestigious Arjuna Award. P V Sindhu then went on to won the Padma Shri Award, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2015.
India’s Olympic Hope
I have not seen this Olympics badminton match due to heavy work at the office. I feel sad that I missed watching her match. If possible, I will try to watch the next match. I wish she will win the next match too, and get the medal.
India’s former Olympic hope is Saina Nehwal, another badminton player who is making her third appearance at the Olympics in Rio. Nehwal won a bronze medal at the London Olympic games in 2012 and took gold this year at the Australian Open. She has had a very illustrious career, with a long list of championships and over 20 international titles. Nehwal is considered one of India’s most successful female athletes and boasts many awards – including a Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour.
Now, India has hopes for P V Sindhu, who won the pre-quarter-final match and the women’s singles quarter-finals for badminton. I wish Sindhu will win her upcoming semi-finals match, and that she can win one more gold medal at the Rio Olympics. My hearty wishes to Ms P V Sindhu for her next match!
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