Olympic silver medallist and ace shuttler PV Sindhu has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award, by the Sports Ministry.
“Yes, we have recommended Sindhu for Padma Bhushan,” a Sports Ministry official told PTI.
A two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, Sindhu has been unstoppable ever since she became the first Indian to win a silver at Rio Games last year.
The 22-year-old from Hyderabad clinched the 2016 China Open Super Series Premier, India Open Super Series, bagged a historic silver at the Glasgow World Championship last month before laying claim to her third Super Series title at Korea Open this month.
A three-time Macau Open champion, Sindhu also won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow this year.
Riding on a series of good performances, Sindhu achieved a career-best world ranking of number 2, in April for a brief period. Last week, she climbed back to her number two position, following a good week at Seoul.
In 2014, Sindhu won four bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games, Incheon Asian Games, Uber Cup and Asia Championship.
In March 2015, Sindhu was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
(With inputs from PTI)