PV Sindhu To Be India’s Flag-bearer At C’wealth Games
India is sending a stellar contingent to the upcoming Commonwealth Games, to be held at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia, from April 4. And, who would be perfect as the flag-bearer from the country other than Olympic Silver Medallist PV Sindhu for the opening ceremony?
Rio Olympics medalist PV Sindhu to be Indian contingent’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) sources. (File Pic) pic.twitter.com/ifWtBKJYMX
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Sindhu, who stunned all her opponents to bag the top place in this season, has been chosen by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to be the flag-bearer this year.
According to reports, the IOA preferred the 22-year-old Rio Games silver medallist to likes of Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal. Nehwal was the frontrunner because of her consistent performances in the last few years.
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Sindhu was picked over sportswomen like Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal
Kom and Nehwal are both competing in their second Commonwealth Games. They are the most experienced ones among the huge contingent. But it was Sindhu’s name that came up straight. “Sindhu’s achievements are more recent and she is among the best athletes in the country at the moment. Hence, we have chosen her to be the flag-bearer,” an IOA official said.
Congratulations to PV Sindhu on being chosen as the official flag bearer of the Indian contingent for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia! There can't be a more fitting honour for a person who is the only woman to have ever won a Silver medal for India in Olympics??
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Sindhu has steadily earned this feat. Her performance was outstanding at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where she clinched a bronze.
Incidentally, Sindhu is now in the eye of a controversy. The sports ministry on Thursday objected to the inclusion of her mother Vijaya in India’s 330-member contingent.
It all started when Sindhu’s mother’s name was added as an ‘extra official’ in the official team list. The IOA confirmed Sindhu’s request and approval on this matter. However, the ministry is likely to tell them to travel at no cost to government. All eyes are now on sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s decision.