Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju met PV Sindhu, the new World Champion of Badminton, on Tuesday. Rijiju stated that the star badminton player has made the entire nation proud by becoming the first Indian to win gold at the BWF World Championships.

Notably, Sindhu had fought hard against the odds and the tag of being a ‘choker’ as she clinched the gold in a span of a mere 38 minutes as she defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the final of the women’s singles event in Basel, Switzerland.

“Honoured PV Sindhu who created history and made India proud by winning the World Badminton Championship for the first time. My best wishes to her in her pursuit to bring more glory to India,” Rijiju tweeted after meeting Sindhu.

 

When Sindhu reached New Delhi early on Tuesday, she received a warm welcome at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

“It’s a great moment for me. I am really very proud to be an Indian. I wish I will get many more medals for the country,” Sindhu told reporters.

“Hard work is the key to success. I would like to thank each and every fan of mine. It’s because of their love and support that I am here,” she added.

With her fifth medal at the World Championships, Sindhu is the joint-most successful player in the women’s singles category in the history of the tournament.

PV Sindhu’s father PV Ramana, coach P Gopichand and Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma were also present on the occasion.