Rio 2016: BAI announces cash awards for 'Silver' Sindhu, Coach Gopichand

New Delhi, Aug 19: Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta on Friday announced a cash award of Rs 50 lakh for shuttler PV Sindhu, who scripted history by bagging the silver in women's singles competition at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Das Gupta also announced an award of Rs. 10 lakh for national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, who trained Sindhu to achieve this feat.

Rio 2016: BAI announces cash awards for 'Silver' Sindhu, Coach Gopichand

The World No. 10 Indian lost to Spain's Carolina Marin 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in the thrilling Final held at Riocentro. 

(Kudos to Pullela Gopichand for giving India champion PV Sindhu)

This is India's first silver medal in badminton. Saina Nehwal won the first medal - bronze - for India in badminton in the 2012 London Olympics.

(Sindhu shines with India's first Olympic silver in badminton)

(L-R) Silver medalist V. Sindhu Pusarla of India, gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain and bronze medalist Nozomi Okuhara of Japan celebrate during the medal ceremony after the Women's Singles Badminton competition on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro.

Praising Sindhu's efforts, 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."

(Twitterati hail PV Sindhu's 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.


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