Prime Minister Modi hails Sindhu as India's pride

Prime Minister Modi hails Sindhu as Indias pride
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets PV Sindhu in New Delhi on Tuesday. (AFP)

New Delhi - I will continue to work hard and win many more medals, Sindhu said


Published: Tue 27 Aug 2019, 7:11 PM

Last updated: Tue 27 Aug 2019, 9:15 PM

Newly-crowned badminton world champion PV Sindhu on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called her India's pride.
Sindhu defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in the final of the world championship in Basel, Switzerland, to become the first Indian to claim a gold at the showpiece.
The girl from Hyderabad had won two silvers and an equal number of bronze medals in the previous editions.
"India's pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavours," Modi tweeted after the meeting.
Sindhu was accompanied by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and national coach Pullela Gopichand during the meeting.
She returned to the country on Monday night and was welcomed by a large gathering of fans at the airport.
"I am really happy, I am very proud of my country. It's a much-awaited win and I am very happy about it," she said in response to media queries at the airport.
Sindhu has had little time to reflect since her historic triumph.
"I will continue to work hard and win many more medals," she said on questions about her plans as the next Olympics is less than a year away.
Sindhu was also asked about the moment she got emotional after the medal distribution ceremony.
The five-time world medallist had tears in her eyes when the national anthem played.
"I had tears and there were a lot of emotions, it was a great moment for me. Thanks to all my fans for your blessings, your blessings have brought me here," she said.
"I would like to thank my coaches Gopi sir and Kim (Ji Hyun). They have put in a lot of effort and made a few changes to my game," she added.
Kim Ji Hyun, a former international from South Korea, joined the coaching staff earlier this year on Gopichand's recommendation. 

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