PV Sindhu is India’s main medalist at the Tokyo Olympics.© AFP
Rio 2016 Women’s Badminton Individual Silver Medal PV Sindhu is once again India’s main medal among the four badminton players who have qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Sindhu will be the one to lead the search for gold in the sport that has brought medals to other nuances at the Indian Olympic level. The Rio 2016 silver medal was the highlight of Sindhu’s career and he later went on to win the gold medal at the 2019 BWF World Championships by beating Japanese Nozomi Okuhara who lasted only 36 minutes in the unilateral final. His talent rose to the new star as he is the only Indian to win the BWF World Championship title.
The 26-year-old avenged his Rio retreat after defeating Carolina Marin in the 2017 Indian Open to win his first Indian Open title in straight games. Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the quarter-finals of that tournament and Sung Ji Hyun the world number 2 in the semi-finals on her way to winning the 2017 Indian Open title.
After entering the top 20 places in the World Badminton Federation rankings in 2012, Saina received high praise after winning the Bronze at the London Olympics, praising her for her performances.
Sindhu in Hyderabad qualified comfortably for the Tokyo Olympics in the top ten of the BWF rankings. But it was the England Open in the final professional event, which was knocked out by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the semi-finals. Sindhu had to play in the India Open, Singapore Open and Malaysia Open, which was canceled or postponed due to the COVID Pandemic.
Sindhu will start to improve his score in Marin, unless he has won a gold medal in the last four years. Marin has been sidelined from the Tokyo Olympics with an injury to his left knee.
Sindhu has achieved a lot in recent years and it is the hope of the whole Nation to return with a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
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