Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated P V Sindhu, who on Sunday became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final in Basel in Switzerland.
“The stupendously talented @Pvsindhu1 makes India proud again! Congratulations to her for winning the Gold at the BWF World Championship,” he said in a tweet.
The passion and dedication with which she’s pursued badminton is inspiring, he said and added: “PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players.”
After winning the championship, Sindhu said, “I won this for my country. I am proud to be an Indian.” She added: “It was very special to see the Tricolour flying and to hear the national anthem. I was getting goosebumps.”
The 24-year-old also said, “I lost last year in the final and the year before that. I am really very, very happy. I have waited for this victory, and finally I’ve become the world champion. I’ve no words to express my feelings because I was waiting for this.”
“A lot of credit goes to my coaches — Gopi Sir and Kim, and also to my parents as well, my support staff and all my sponsors who believed in me,” she said and dedicated the medal to her mother, whose birthday was on Sunday.