Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced cash rewards of Rs 50 Lakh for shutter PV Sindhu who made history by winning the first ever silver medal by a female athlete in Olympic games. The BAI also announced an award of Rs. 10 lakh for national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand who is credited for training Sindhu to achieve this feat.
The world No. 10 Sindhu settled for a silver as she lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a thrilling Final held at Riocentro. Praising Sindhu’s efforts, BAI President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta said that the moment is a huge milestone for Indian badminton. “I congratulate her for this historical achievement and bringing laurels for India. This is a huge milestone in Indian Badminton fraternity and it shows the strength of Indian badminton at the world stage. This silver medal will surely motivate lakhs of children to take up the sport and inspire them perform above their ability. On behalf of BAI and Indian Badminton fraternity, I am congratulating her again for marvellous achievement.”, he was quoted as saying by the news agency IANS.
“I also congratulate coach P Gopichand who again took India to new heights. Padma Bhushan Gopichand brought many laurels in his playing days and now his players are achieving new feats. Indian Badminton fraternity is very lucky to have a coach and mentor like him,” added Das acknowledging Gopichand’s efforts.
with agency inputs