PV Sindhu Biography, Badminton, Family, Net Worth, Awards And More!
PV Sindhu – Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian professional badminton player, who is currently world no 5 in the BWF World Ranking. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal.
Sindhu came to international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of
17. In 2013, she became the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships. In March 2015, she is the recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri.
Her silver medal win in the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics.
PV Sindhu’s Childhood and early training
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born to P. V. Ramana of West Godavari district and P. Vijaya of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh state. In 2000, Ramana was awarded Arjuna Award for his sport. Though her parents played professional volleyball, Sindhu chose badminton over it because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion. She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight.
Sindhu first learned the basics of the sport with the guidance of Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad. Soon after, she joined Pullela Gopichand’s Gopichand Badminton Academy badminton academy. While profiling Sindhu’s career, a correspondent with The Hindu wrote:
The fact that she reports on time at the coaching camps daily, travelling a distance of 56 km from her residence, is perhaps a reflection of her willingness to complete her desire to be a good badminton player with the required hard work and commitment.
Gopichand seconded this correspondent’s opinion when he said that “the most striking feature in Sindhu’s game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit.” After joining Gopichand’s badminton academy, Sindhu won several titles. In the under-10 years category, she won the 5th Servo All India ranking championship in the doubles category and the singles title at the Ambuja Cement All India ranking.
In the under-13 years category, Sindhu won the singles title at the Sub-juniors in Pondicherry, doubles titles at the Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament, IOC All India Ranking, the Sub-Junior Nationals and the All India Ranking in Pune. She also won the under-14 team gold medal at the 51st National School Games in India.
PV Sindhu’s Career
In the international circuit, Sindhu was a bronze medallist at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo.
At the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, she won the silver medal in the singles category. Sindhu reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships that was held in Mexico. She was a team member in India’s national team at the 2010 Uber Cup.
PV Sindhu’s Personal life
P. V. Sindhu has been employed with Bharat Petroleum since July 2013, as an assistant sports manager with their Hyderabad office. Following her silver-medal win at the Rio Olympics, she was promoted to deputy sports manager.
PV Sindhu’s Awards and recognition
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, highest sporting honour of India (2016)
Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India (2015)
Arjuna Award (2013)
- FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year 2014
- NDTV Indian of the Year 2014
- ₹10 lakh (US$16,000) from the Badminton Association of India, for her victory in the 2015 Macau Open Badminton Championships.
- ₹5 lakh (US$7,800) from the Badminton Association of India, for her victory in the 2016 Malaysia Masters
Rewards for winning the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics
- ₹5 crore (US$780,000), and a land grant from the Government of Telangana.
- ₹3 crore (US$470,000), a Group A cadre job and 1000 yd2 land grant from the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
- ₹2 crore (US$310,000) from the Government of Delhi.
- ₹75 lakh (US$120,000) from her employer, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, with promotion from assistant to deputy sports manager.
- ₹50 lakh (US$78,000) from the Government of Haryana.
- ₹50 lakh (US$78,000) from the Government of Madhya Pradesh.
- ₹50 lakh (US$78,000) from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
- ₹50 lakh (US$78,000) from Badminton Association of India
- ₹50 lakh (US$78,000) from NRI businessman, Mukkattu Sebastian
- ₹30 lakh (US$47,000) from the Indian Olympic Association.
- ₹5 lakh (US$7,800) from All India Football Federation.
- BMW car from the Hyderabad District Badminton Association and as well as Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
- ₹1.01 lakh (US$1,600) from Salman Khan, for qualifying as an Olympic participant.
- Miniature badminton racquet memento with gold and diamond from Kirtilals.