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Anupam Kher visits Sindhu’s house; gets bowled over by her trophies, medals

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Veteran actor Anupam Kher recently paid a visit to ace badminton player PV Sindhu’s house and was completely bowled over after looking at the huge number of trophies and medals won over the years by one of India’s most successful sportswomen ever.

The 67-year-old actor shared a video of their meeting, giving fans a tour of her house, including her massive trophy collection.

Starting from the trophies that she won for the Under-16 tournaments and the Olympics, Sindhu gave an inside view of all her accomplishments and the pride that she brought to the country through the sport.

In the video posted by Kher on Instagram Reels featuring Sindhu’s medals and trophies, he can be heard saying, “One and only champion, look at this wall, I used to be very proud that mere wall pe kaafi saare awards hai par ye toh kamaal hai, (that wall has loads of awards but this is amazing) oh my god.”

“Yaha toh jagah hi nhi hai, bilkul jagah nhi hai (There is no space here),” he added.

The actor-author also said in the video that he had a conversation with Sindhu’s father where he shared plans of taking over another floor as they are running short of a place for trophies and medals.

The versatile artist who felt ‘privileged’ to have visited the badminton player’s house, wrote how he was mesmerised to see all the feathers that she has added to her embellished cap.

“This is AMAZING: Recently I had the privilege of visiting CHAMP @pvsindhu1’s home. She very humbly gave me a tour of her achievements! Right from the age of 8! I was completely bowled by her awards, trophies & humility! She is our daughter of India, our honour. She is our motivating hero. Jai ho, Jai hind,” Kher captioned the video.

On the other hand, Sindhu also shared a picture of their meeting on her social media account saying it was her ‘honour’ to meet the veteran actor.

“Had the fortune of spending time with one of the all-time greats of Indian cinema. The laughs, the memories and quality conversation. What an honour,” she wrote.

The 27-year Sindhu, who is a two-time Olympic medallist having won a silver in women’s singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics and bronze in Tokyo last year, is currently on the path to recovery after sustaining an ankle injury during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham while Anupam Kher is currently riding on the success of his movie The Kashmir Files and Karthikeya 2.

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Champion shuttler PV Sindhu shares pic with Allu Arjun

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She may be the queen of the badminton courts but P.V. Sindhu has her share of fan moments too.

The star shuttler shared a pic of hers with ‘Pushpa’ actor Allu Arjun in the same frame. The picture of the two personalities has taken the Internet by storm with the loving comments from their fans flooded in the comment section.

The moment of the day came when Sindhu, who is the first-ever Indian woman to win two Olympic medals, was captured with the stylish star Allu Arjun at the engagement ceremony of industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad’s son Nikhil in Hyderabad.

At the event, Allu Arjun yet again brings up his uber cool look while he wore a black blazer on a white shirt paired perfectly with white shoes while on the other hand, Sindhu wore a beautiful lehenga.

While posting the picture, Sindhu captioned it – “With the stylish star @alluarjunonline.”

Allu Arjun’s ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ has crossed the Rs 300 crore mark worldwide and the star is all set for ‘Pushpa 2’.

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Deepika-Sindhu play badminton, trigger biopic talk

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Bollywood star Deepika Padukone has posted a motley of pictures from her badminton session with world champion P.V. Sindhu.

The pictures have left social media users wondering if a biopic is being made on Sindhu.

Deepika posted the set of pictures on Instagram. In the images, the two are seen playing an intense game of badminton on an indoor court.

“Just a regular day in my life…Burning calories with @pvsindhu1!” the actress, who is the daughter of former badminton player Prakash Padukone, captioned the image.

The picture currently has 1.9 million likes. Deepika’s husband and actor Ranveer Singh dropped a comment on the photograph.

He wrote: “MAJOR FOMO ATTACK!”

Many social media users reacted to the picture on the comment section.

One wrote: “Lgta h biopic bnne vli h (seems like a biopic is being made).”

“That means i was right, we are getting the PV SINDHU BIOPIC,” wrote another.

One heaped praises on Deepika and Sindhu.

The user said: “Two idols in one pic.”

A user questioned: “Is there a biopic on the wayyy?”

One added: “R u began prep for sindhu’s biopic!”

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Ranveer, Deepika’s selfie with PV Sindhu goes viral

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Actor Ranveer Singh and his actress wife Deepika Padukone were spotted dining with ace badminton player P.V. Sindhu here on Saturday.

Ranveer also took to Instagram to share a picture of the three of them together.

He captioned the image as: “Smashing time!”

To this, Sindhu replied: “@ranveersingh @deepikapadukone Lovely spending time with you guys. Looking forward to see you soon”.

Deepika Padukone, who is daughter of former badminton champion Prakash Padukone, has often spoken about being fond of the sport herself.

Sindhu was recently facilitated in Hyderabad by superstar Chiranjeevi for her bronze medal win at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Hyderabad police felicitates Sindhu

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Hyderabad police on Tuesday felicitated star shuttler P.V. Sindhu for winning the bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics.

Sindhu expressed her happiness over the felicitation and thanked the Police Commissioners of Hyderabad and Cyberabad for supporting her during the lockdown by providing passes, which ensured her training without any hindrance during the Olympic preparations.

She stated that she is dedicating her Olympic medal to the services of police department.

By winning the bronze, Sindhu became the second Indian athlete and first woman to clinch two consecutive Olympic medals.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar showered praise on Sindhu for her achievement and recalled her contributions in the international badminton circuit in the last five years. He also hailed her for the character displayed in maintaining fitness and other aspects despite testing conditions. He referred to several quotes of Sindhu.

Sindhu also released a book titled “The Second Wave”, a compilation of efforts made by Hyderabad city police in battling the Covid second wave.

Addressing to the senior police officers, Sindhu’s father and former national volleyball player P.V. Ramana thanked them. He said it was a moment of pride and honour to be invited and felicitated by the top brass of the city police.

Additional Commissioner of Police, Crimes & SIT, Shikha Goel, said that the Olympic winner epitomised the spirit of every Indian woman in showcasing the true character of “Never say no” in any situation, which earned Sindhu great laurels. She praised her parents’ decision and working towards realising their child’s dream of becoming the top badminton player.

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Sindhu lauds Andhra govt’s schemes for sportspersons

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Ace shuttler and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu on Friday praised the Andhra Pradesh government for introducing schemes to encourage sportspersons.

Appreciating the state government for reserving 2 per cent jobs for sportspersons in government posts, Sindhu said, “It is appreciable to know that the state government is giving YSR awards to sportspersons to encourage them.”

Sindhu, who followed up her silver-winning effort at the 2016 Rio Olympics with a bronze at the Tokyo Games earlier this week, met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Secretariat on Friday along with her parents and elder sister.

Sindhu also showed her Olympic medal to the Chief Minister.

The ace shuttler recalled that she had met the Chief Minister before embarking on her Olympic journey and how Reddy encouraged her to bring home a medal.

“He (Reddy) has told me to win more medals in the future and bring laurels to the state and the country,” Sindhu said after the meeting.

Before Sindhu left for Tokyo, Reddy had given her a copy of the government order allocating her 2 acres of land to set up a badminton academy in the port city of Visakhapatnam.

When asked if she would open an academy, Sindhu said she would do it soon.

Sindhu and her family members also visited the Durgamma temple at Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada on Friday.

Sindhu said she is a devotee of the deity and visits the temple regularly.

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Hungry for more success, Sindhu now eyes Paris Olympics

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The only Indian woman to win two Olympic medals, P.V. Sindhu feels that this is not the end as the star shuttler now eyes 2024 Olympics to be held at Paris.

After arriving in her hometown on Wednesday to a hero’s welcome following the bronze medal win at Tokyo Olympics, she made it clear that she is hungry for more.

“It will not stop with this. There will be many more successes going forward. Definitely, I will play in Paris and will do my best,” said the 26-year-old who won two consecutive Olympic medals and is the reigning world champion.

Addressing a press conference along with her Korean coach Park Tae-sang, physical trainer Srikanth Varma and directors of Suchitra Badminton Academy, she said that while winning the silver medal at Rio Olympics ago changed her life, it was important to keep the momentum going over last five years.

Sindhu said she could get the medal because all of them worked hard. “We worked very hard. We knew that only hard work and sacrifices can get us there. All of us had the dream of a medal at Tokyo. We knew the value of the medal,” she said.

On the rigorous training before Olympics, she said they all knew the importance of physical fitness. She recalled that even the recovery session was done carefully.

Varma was all praise for Sindhu for bearing with the torturous training she had to go through. “I worked with other athletes, but Sindhu is tremendous,” he said

He recalled that Sindhu never took a break from the training even for a single day.

The Korean coach said he was very happy as for him this was first Olympic medal as coach. “I will never forget this moment in my life,” he said.

He said despite the pandemic situation, Sindhu remained focused and worked hard with patience and this finally paid off. He exuded confidence that the star shuttler will win a medal in next Olympics too.

Suchitra Academy head coach and director Pradeep Raju said they had the dream of achieving multiple medals at Olympics. He said Sindhu was highly motivated and the coach was equally passionate about success.

He said they received all help from Telangana sports authorities as Gachibowli stadium was made available for training. The stadium was selected because it was similar to what they had in Tokyo.

The authorities switched on the AC and created the same match situation to enable her to practice. At least 20 different players from the Academy sparred with Sindhu on rotation.

“Before Mission Paris 2024, we want to see her become world number one. Our dream is to see her play next Olympics as number one seed,” he said.

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Andhra announces Rs 30L cash reward to Sindhu

Andhra Pradesh government announced a cash incentive of Rs 30 lakh to badminton superstar P.V. Sindhu, recognising her bronze medal winning feat in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy directed officials to extend the cash award late on Monday night as part of the state sports policy.

The policy offers a cash reward of Rs 75 lakh to gold medal winners, Rs 50 lakh for silver medal and Rs 30 lakh for bronze medal.

The Chief Minister had given a cash incentive of Rs 5 lakh to each of the three sportspersons, Sindhu, R. Satwiksairaj and women’s hockey player Rajani Etimarpu before they left for the Japanese capital.

During that time, the Chief Minister also gave a copy of the government order allocating two acre land to Sindhu to set up a badminton academy in the port city Visakhapatnam.

Sindhu is an employee of the Andhra Pradesh government. After her Rio Olympics exploits in 2016, former AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu gave her a job of deputy collector.

Coming to the cash incentive, Rs 30 lakh doled out now by the current AP government pales in comparison to the cash incentives she received after winning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.

Back then, the Telangana government handed out an incentive of Rs 5 crore to Sindhu while the AP government gave Rs 3 crore and a plum government job as well.

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Olympics: Tai Tzu beats Sindhu in straight games in semifinals

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India’s gold medal hopes in women’s singles badminton went up in smoke after PV Sindhu lost her semifinal to Tai Tzu-Ying in straight games 18-21, 12-21 here on Saturday. Sindhu, who is the Rio Olympics silver-medallist and world champion, will now compete with China’s He Bing Jiao for the bronze medal.

Sindhu had drawn early advantage with her aggressive display in the first game, opening up a 6-3 lead. However, Tai Tzu fought back before Sindhu again opened up a three-point lead at 11-8. However, Tai Tzu then won three quick points to draw level and from there, the two went neck and neck before the Taiwanese player closed the first game in her favour 21-18.

While the first game took 21 minutes, the second game took just 19 minutes as Tai Tzu continued using the sharp, acute angles to leave the ace Indian shuttler and the world champion flummoxed. Tai Tzu took a four-point lead at 11-7 and from there never looked back sealing the game at 21-12.

The 40-minute encounter between the sixth seed Sindhu and the second seed Tai Tzu was as one-sided as it could get and took half as much time as the first semifinal between He and Chen Yu Fei.

Chen overpowered her Chinese compatriot in three games 21-16, 13-21 and 21-12 in 79 minutes.

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Olympics: Sindhu storms into women’s badminton semi-finals

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PV Sindhu, the 2016 Olympics silver medallist and reigning world champion, quelled a superb fightback by Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi to win in straight games and reach the semi-finals in women’s singles badminton competition at the Olympic Games on Friday.

Sindhu seeded sixth here, beat fourth seed Akane 21-13, 22-20 in 56 minutes.

Sindhu, after winning the first game comfortably 21-13, was cruising towards victory, having opened up an 11-6 lead in the second game, when Akane started a superb fightback. The Japanese shuttler who had been outplayed by Sindhu in the first game with deceptive and disguised shots, switched tactics to engage the Indian, seeded sixth here, in long rallies, and tire her out.

And it looked like Akane would succeed as she fought back from 6-12 down to win 10 of the next 12 points, catching up with Sindhu at 15-15 and taking the lead.

Sindhu checked her progress by tapping into her energy reserves as she tightened her game, broke Akane’s rhythm with attacking play, and saved two match points to win the game and match at 22-20.

From 18-20, Sindhu won the next four points with superb attacking play, keeping Akane on her toes with half-smashes and pin-point drop shots to seal victory in 56 minutes.

Sindhu, looking to add a gold medal to the silver she won in Rio, dominated her Japanese rival at the net, created points with her disguised shots, and completed straight games win.

The Indian 26-year-old shuttler from Hyderabad was in total control of the first game and then quelled a strong fightback by Akane to reach the semi-finals for the second successive Olympics.

Sindhu was really happy with her performance against Akane but was focused on the next match.

“I’m happy but it’s not over yet. For me, it’s time to go back, relax and get ready for the next match. I’m happy but I need to prepare for the next match.”

Sindhu said the second game was the most important as Akane came back strongly.

“There were some very long rallies. The second game was very important, I was leading and Akane came back, so I couldn’t relax. On my side, there were a few errors. I wasn’t nervous even though she was at game point, my coach was saying: ‘It’s okay, keep the focus and you’ll get there. He was constantly supporting me and that got me by and I’m happy I got back in two games,” Sindhu told the BWF.

On her ability to rise to the occasion and doing well in the big events, Sindhu said: “I take that as a compliment but I think I have really worked hard for this and it’s not over yet and I have to be focused and prepare for the next match. The next one is important.”

Akane said she tried to be patient against Sindhu but it was difficult to attack. “It was difficult for me to attack her,” she said.

“I tried to be patient [at game point] but after that, she led by a game. I had a lot of support messages, so I tried to do my best but I lost that game [second game] so that’s frustrating. A lot of people supported me and I appreciate that. I worked hard and I’m disappointed. To stand on this stage, it’s not a normal tournament, it’s very special to me.”

Akane said the mood in the Japan camp was sombre as compatriot Nozomi Okuhara had lost to China’s He Bing Jiao in the first quarterfinal in the morning.

“We have had a lot of top-seeded players and everyone expected better of us, but we did our best and I want to go on to the next step in the future,” she told the BWF.

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PV Sindhu: I have learnt a lot more from my losses

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World badminton champion PV Sindhu was disappointed when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year, but she utilised the free time to work on rectifying her mistakes. The ace Indian shuttler recently returned to the court at the Thailand Open but crashed out in the first round. Sindhu says losses remind her of the need to come back stronger the next time.

“I learnt a lot last year. The first thing was patience, because we had no tournaments for a couple of months. We couldn’t step out or play badminton, and we needed to have patience,” Sindhu told IANS while delving upon her realisations amid the ongoing Covid crisis.

“I spent a lot more time with my family because (earlier) all the time was spent travelling to tournaments and back. This was the first time I spent a lot more time with my family. I was training at home. One thing I’ve learned is patience, and being positive all the time,” added the champion, whose life has inspired a biopic, which is currently under development.

Sindhu continued: “Last year around March and April, we were getting ready for the Olympics. Unfortunately that got postponed. I was a bit sad, but then I took it in a positive way thinking I now had a lot more time to learn, rectify my mistakes and work on my strokes’. So, that way (I learnt) to stay positive and move forward.”

The Tokyo Olympics were slated to be held in July-August last year, but got delayed because of the pandemic, which disrupted the calendar of all events in 2020.

With normalcy gradually setting in, Sindhu returned to the badminton court at the Thailand Open. However, she didn’t have a great start. The current world champion crashed out in the opening round of the tournament after losing to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt. It was Sindhu’s first tournament since the All England Open in March last year.

“I am excited to be back on court,” noted the Rio Olympic silver medallist, adding that she is “just focusing on my badminton right now”.

For the 25-year-old, losses are as important as wins.

“I would like to say to all the young juniors that parental support is very important. When I started playing badminton, my parents supported me a lot. And (I feel parents) need to understand what their kid is interested in and support them in that particular thing.

“(Another thing is) When you start, you lose some and you win some. When you lose, there is always a sad thing (because) you always want to win. That doesn’t happen. But you will learn a lot more from your losses,” she shared.

“I have learnt a lot more from my losses, and you need to come back stronger the next time,” shared the star player, who was a celebrity guest on the show, “Young Genius”.

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PV Sindhu donates Rs 10 lakh in fight against COVID-19

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Ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu on Thursday donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sindhu has donated Rs 5 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister Relief Funds in fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“I hereby donate an amount of Rs 5,00,000/- each (Rs five lakhs) towards the “Chief Ministers Relief Fund” for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to fight against COVID-19,” she tweeted.

Earlier, South superstar Pawan Kalyan also donated a total sum of Rs 2 crore to combat the spread of coronavirus. Kalyan donated Rs 50 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister Relief Funds. He also donated Rs 1 crore to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Star wrestler Bajrang Punia, who works as an OSD in Railways, has already donated his six months’ salary to Haryana coronavirus relief fund.

Former India opener and BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir has also offered to release Rs 50 lakh from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for the equipment to treat coronavirus patients in Delhi government hospitals.

Tennis star Sania Mirza has also stepped forward to raise money to provide food and other basic necessities for the daily wage workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 20,000 lives across the world.

Around 650 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported so far in India while 13 people have lost their lives.

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Sindhu turns brand ambassador for anti-graft helpline

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Badminton world champion P.V. Sindhu has been appointed the brand ambassador for Andhra Pradesh government’s anti-graft helpline.

The ace shuttler featured along with Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy in a video released by the state government on Tuesday as a promo for its toll-free anti-graft number.

The video titled ‘stop corruption’ tells people to keep their eyes and ears open against corruption.

“Our Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is working towards a corruption-free Andhra Pradesh. Whenever you see corruption, raise your voice. To complain against corruption, call on toll-free number 14400. Your identity will be kept secret,” Sindhu says in the promo released by the Chief Minister.

“Say no to illegal activities, say no to looting, say no to sand mafia, say no to any sort of corruption,” the Chief Minister says in the same promo.

In the Telugu version of the promo, Jagan Mohan Reddy says that one has to pay bribe for any work and even for constructing a toilet. He called for completely rooting out the corrupt practice.

Sindhu already holds the post of a Deputy Collector in Andhra Pradesh. After she had won the silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the then government headed by Chandrababu Naidu had announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore for her in addition to a residential plot in Amaravati and a Group-I officer’s job.

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Padma Vibhushan for Mary Kom, Sindhu gets Padma Bhushan

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Boxing great Mary Kom has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian award. Olympic silver medallist and badminton World Champion PV Sindhu has been conferred the Padma Bhushan as the names of the Padma awardees were disclosed on Saturday on the eve of the 71st Republic Day.

Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal, women’s football stalwart Oinam Bembem Devi, former cricketer Zaheer Khan, shooter Jitu Rai, former hockey captain and coach MP Ganesh and archer Tarundeep Rai, are among those who have got the Padma Shri award.

Considered one of the most successful amateur boxers of all time, Mary has won gold at the World Championships a record six times. She won bronze in the 2012 London Olympics. In October 2019, she won bronze at the World Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia — her eighth in the competition.

Sindhu became the first Indian to win gold at the World Championships in August 2019 and the second woman in the world to win five medals in the competition. Her silver medal at Rio 2016 was also the first to be won by an Indian woman in any competition.

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Jagan gifts 5 acres for Sindhu academy in Vizag

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World Badminton Champion PV Sindhu did Andhra proud by winning world championship. She met AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy in Amaravati Capital City. She shared her joy and showed the championship medal to CM who wished her greater such championships in future. Parents accompanied Sindhu but her popular coach Pullela Gopichand was not seen in this visit.

Usually, Sindhu takes her coach while meeting CMs but this time it is different. This triggered speculation whether Gopichand is still maintaining distance from the YSR family. Ex CM YSR tried hard to take back the prime land given to Gopichand by Chandrababu Circar in Gachibowli area for starting his badminton academy. YSR action gave the coach sleepless nights though he finally could get back his land and eventually developed the academy. However, bitter memories remain.

This is the same academy where Gopichand trained and encouraged Sindhu who has reached top positions in the world right now. Minister Avanti Srinivas and others were present when Sindhu met CM.

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Video: PV Sindhu meets Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu

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KCR assures support to Sindhu for future tournaments

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday said that the state government would extend all support to ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu for her preparations for future tournaments.

He gave the assurance when newly crowned world champion Sindhu called on him at his official residence.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, noted that Sindhu has become the pride of the nation by winning the world championships.

Sindhu, who was accompanied by her parents and coach Pullela Gopichand, showed her gold medal to KCR and also presented him two badminton racquets.

KCR felicitated Sindhu with shawl and a flower bouquet.

“Rigorous practice, concentration and dedication are needed to reach the top. One cannot reach this stage without lots of hard work. Sindhu’s parents, being national sportspersons themselves, have groomed her well. Gopichand gave good coaching,” the Chief Minister said.

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Video: Governor Narasimhan Felicitates PV Sindhu

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Sindhu, Stokes, Bumrah enthralled fans on Super Sunday

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If Sunday started with P.V. Sindhu decimating Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the final of the World Championships in Basel, it ended with Jasprit Bumrah destroying a hapless West Indies batting line-up with a fierce spell of fast bowling (5/7). And in between, all-rounder Ben Stokes played the role of Superman to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for England in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

Making and breaking records is part and parcel of a sportsperson’s life. And in today’s world of social media coverage, no achievement is overlooked or misses hogging its share of limelight. But it was the sheer turn of back-to-back events that made Sunday all the more special and gave fans just the adrenaline rush that they would have wished for after a long and busy week in schools, colleges and the workplace.

It all started with ace shuttler Sindhu becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships, crushing Japan’s Okuhara in just 36 minutes in a one-sided final. Two-time silver medallist Sindhu was at her imperious best this time as she sent her opponent, a world No.4, scurrying for cover from start to finish.

Sindhu, World No. 5 currently, bagged 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 Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014.

“I just played the way I played my last two matches. I was really prepared for everything. Playing with the Japanese girls, it’s always going to be really long rallies and I was prepared for it,” the 24-year-old said after the match, dedicating the win to her mother, P. Vijaya, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday.

If Sindhu gave Indian sports fans a reason to celebrate, Bumrah gave cricket fanatics some more reason to dance on the isles as he toyed with the Windies batting that lacked any kind of composure required for the five-day grind, as he nabbed three wickets by tea on Day 4 and ultimately finished with five as India registered a resounding victory in the first Test.

He has been nothing short of a phenomenon in recent times, but even then, Bumrah managed to surprise fans yet again as he bowled some exceptional deliveries to shatter the backbone of the Windies batting line-up with his pace and consistency.

In between Sindhu’s maiden high in the Worlds and Bumrah’s bowling prowess, Stokes was madness personified as he lifted England from the dead to level the Ashes 1-1 with a magnificent unbeaten 135.

England started the fourth day looking to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes. They got to 286/9, still needing 73 runs for an improbable victory.

But World Cup hero Stokes joined hands with number 11 batsman Jack Leach and did the unthinkable by smashing eight sixes to all corners of the ground and helped England get to touching distance of their highest-ever second-innings total to win a Test match.

Nathan Lyon missed an easy run-out opportunity to dismiss Leach and Stokes survived LBW shouts, with Australia unable to review, but that doesn’t take anything away from the brilliance that was on display in Leeds. It was only poetic justice that Stokes smashed one through the covers to bring up what looked like a fairy tale win for the Englishmen.

“It was unbelievable and something I will never forget. I’ve got to take it all in. I’m not sure it will ever happen again. It’s in the top two feelings I have ever had on a cricket field,” Stokes told Sky TV after the win.

“It is right up there (with the World Cup win). We had to win this game and we managed to do it,” said the all-rounder who smashed an unbeaten 84 in the World Cup final one and a half months ago against New Zealand at Lord’s. England won that match for hitting more boundaries after the match, as well as the Super Over, ended in a tie.

It was a day when sports fans had everything served to them in a buffet, be it emotions, drama or sheer brilliance. While Sindhu started the day with a bang, Bumrah served the perfect finger-licking desert to the fanatics at night. Not to forget a heavy dose of batsmanship in the main course from Ben Stokes. It was just what the doctor would have ordered before sports fanatics get back to the grind on Monday.

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PM Modi, Jagan & KCR Congratulates PV Sindhu

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu after she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Modi said in a tweet that the “stupendously talented” Sindhu’s success will “inspire generations of players.”

“The stupendously talented @Pvsindhu1 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. PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players,” Modi tweeted.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday congratulated ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu for creating history by winning gold at the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

“The first ever Indian to win World Championship, Sindhu has done the state and the nation proud with her smashing victory,” the Chief Minister said.

He also wished that the Hyderabad girl’s winning streak continues.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao congratulated badminton star P. V. Sindhu on winning World Badminton Championships on Sunday.

Rao said that Sindhu, with her superb performance, has made the country proud and hoped that she will continue her victories in future.

Sindhu became first Indian to win the World Badminton Championships by defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final.

Sindhu, playing in her third straight World Championships final, trounced Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in what turned out to be a one-sided summit clash in just 36 minutes.

She had previously lost to Okuhara in the same stage in 2017 in an epic 110-minute battle before going down to Olympic champion Spaniard Carolina Marine in the final in 2018.

She had also won two bronze medals in the 2013 and 2014 editions of the World Championships.

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