The 22-year old ace shuttler PV Sindhu has been nominated for Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, by the sports ministry. Sindhu is this year’s second sportsperson to be recommended for the honor after former Indian skipper MS Dhoni received a nomination for the same, a few days ago.
Expressing gratitude for receiving the honor, the Olympics Silver Medalist told IANS, “I am very happy that my name has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan. I would like to thank the government and the sports ministry.”
PV Sindhu Received the Padma Shri Award in March 2015
Interestingly, PV Sindhu was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013 and the Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest civilian honour) in March 2015. If selected, she will be the third shuttler after Saina Nehwal and Gopichand to receive the Padma Bhushan.
Ever since she became the first Indian to bag the silver medal at Rio Olympics, the shuttler has been performing exceptionally well. Apart from being a three-time medalist at World Championship, she has clinched the 2016 China Open Super Series Premier and India Open Super Series.
After settling for the silver at Glasgow World Championship, where she lost the game to Japan’s Nozumi Okuhara, Sindhu amazed everyone when she became the first Indian shuttler to win the Korea Open Super Series title by defeating Okuhara in the process.