Bhopal | The Madhya Pradesh government announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh to ace shuttler and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu, an official said.
Congratulating Sindhu for bagging the Silver medal, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh to her for the achievement, a senior official of the Public Relation department said.
Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta also announced a reward of Rs. 50 lakhs for P V Sindhu after she settled for a historic silver medal at the Rio Olympics.
BAI also announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakhs for Dronacharya awardee coach Pullella Gopichand who trained Sindhu to achieve this feat.
The World No. 10 lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin by 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in the thrilling final match held at Riocentro.
This is India’s first silver Medal in Badminton.
Saina Nehwal won the first medal – Bronze – for India in badminton in 2012 London Olympics.
Praising Sindhu’s efforts, Dr. Das Gupta said, “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.
“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,” he added.
Sindhu is the first women shuttler to reach final of badminton discipline in the Olympics.
Sindhu became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London).
The two-time World championship bronze medallist also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics and the first to clinch a silver.
Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London), shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) and wrestler Sakshi Malik (Rio, 2016) are the other women players from India to have won a medal in Olympics.
The 21-year-old from Hyderabad crumbled under the relentless pressure created by world no-1 Carolina Marin of Spain to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a pulsating final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes.