Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has been recommended for the third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan by the Sports Ministry on September 25. Last year, she made India proud after bagging the silver medal at the Rio Olympics. She lost narrowly to Carolina Marin in the finals. It seems all her hard work is paying off after the Sports Ministry, helmed by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, recommended her for the prestigious award. This decision comes after Rathore, a former Olympian himself, came to power in July 2016.
News agency ANI broke this news on their Twitter handle and wrote: “Indian shuttler PV Sindhu recommended for Padma Bhushan by Sports Ministry.”
— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2017
Earlier, former Indian skipper and World Cup Winning Captain MS Dhoni also got nominated for the same award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
So, it could be a toss-up between the two sporting legends of the country. PV Sindhu recently beat Okuhara in the Korean Open and avenged her World Badminton Championship loss. Sindhu now joins the elite club comprising of shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Pullela Gopichand. In March 2015, Sindhu was conferred India’s fourth highest civilian honour – Padma Shri.
This has been a memorable year for the Indian shuttlers. Sindhu, who recently became first Indian shuttler to bag Korea Open Super Series title, is now the second athlete after former Indian skipper MS Dhoni to be nominated for the award this year.
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) September 25, 2017
Sindhu getting recommended for the honour is a big thing as this will inspire more Indian women to pursue a career in sports.