Upcoming shuttler PV Sindhu today was bestowed upon with the prestigious Arjuna Award by Sports Minister Jitendra Singh. The 18-year old Sindhu had earlier missed the opportunity of receiving the award at the hands of honorary President Pranab Mukhejee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 31 as she was then involved in the final of Indian Badminton league (IBL).
Today during the Governing body meeting of Sports Authority of India, Jitendra Singh honored the Hyderabadi shuttler with a statuette, citation and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.
P V Sindhu became the first Indian woman shuttler to secure a bronze medal at the World Championships last month. Her victory over the defending champion Yihan Wang and Asian Games gold medallist Shixian Wang marker her entry into the Top 10. Her current rank stands 12th. Sindhu even won her maiden Grand Prix Gold title while bagging the women’s singles trophy in the $120,000 Malaysia Open badminton in Kuala Lumpur held in May. It was in 2012 that Sindhu emerged as a promise similar to Saina Nehwal, when she won the Asian Youth under-19 Championship.