“She Has Given A Great Gift To Me And To The Nation,” Says PV Sindhu’s Mom On Her Gold

2019 has been a tremendously successful and fulfiling year for Indian women across various spheres. Actress Priyanka Chopra was named one of the 50 most powerful women in entertainment in USA Today’s power icons list. Anshula Kant was appointed as World Bank’s MD and CEO. And biker Aishwarya Pissay became the first Indian to win a world motorsports title.

Now, 24-year-old shuttler PV Sindhu has beaten Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 to become the first Indian to clinch a gold medal at the World Badminton Championships and we couldn’t be happier!

This was her third outing at a championship final and she displayed her complete mastery of the game through power-smashes and minimal unforced errors. Yesterday’s match in Basel, Switzerland lasted a mere 38 minutes. According to India Today, the victory came on her mom’s birthday and in a heartwarming gesture, a part of the crowd sang “Happy Birthday”. Following her historic triumph, in an interview with The Hindu, she attributed her success to her coaches saying,

“Definitely, the Korean coach Kim Ji Jyun’s inputs and Gopi sir’s guidance were major plus points in my campaign. I must say Kim has her own effective style of getting the best out of me.”

“Yes, this is the biggest gift I could give to my mother who is celebrating her birthday today and I dedicate this win to my parents, grandparents, coaches, all the support staff at the Gopi Academy and fellow-players who have always been there with me.”

News18 quoted her overjoyed mother saying, “It’s a great moment for all of us. We are proud and happy over her historic win. This time she has given a great gift to me and to the nation.”

The badminton superstar already has her sights on her next conquest and we wish her all the very best for it.

“Well, one goal is achieved and the next one is there — the Olympics. I will really work hard and will prepare to win that one also by doing well in the Super Series in the run-up to the Tokyo Games next year.”

Here is how desi Twitter celebrated her maiden gold.

Thank you, PV Sindhu, for setting a powerful example for all the young girls in India who dream of taking up sports as a viable career option. We are grateful for the accolades you have brought for the nation and couldn’t be more proud of your achievements.

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