The honour, which only a handful of Indian athletes get, India’s reigning Olympics queen, shuttler PV Sindhu has been bestowed with the duty to be India’s flag bearer and lead the contingent at the opening ceremony of 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Being a flag bearer is a great honour
PV Sindhu, silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, was chosen as the flag bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Sindhu will also lead the Indian badminton’s charge in the quest for glory at the 2018 CWG. The Indian shuttler and World No.3 had to settle for bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, but this time around she is an outright favourite to take home the gold medal in the women’s singles event. The XXI CWG opening ceremony will be held on April 4.
With Japan and China not part of the Commonwealth, Sindhu should have little or no problem in her bid to win a medal in Gold Coast. And depending on the draw, Sindhu’s stiffest test could be against compatriot Saina Nehwal.
Flag Bearer Sindhu can get two Gold’s if things go right!!
Sindhu will also be the key member for India in the mixed team event. The mixed team event will be held for the first five days of badminton competition, with medals decided on April 9.
Sindhu beat one of her most fiercest rivals in Nozomi Okuhara to reach the semi-finals at the All England Championships. However, she lost her semi-final match to Okuhara’s compatriot and World No.2 Akane Yamaguchi in an epic match lasting an hour and 19 minutes.
Sindhu had earlier won a bronze medal bronze in the 2014 edition of the multi-sport event. She had also bagged a silver medal at 2017 Badminton World Championships.
India will see participation of 222 athletes from 15 different sports including Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, and Hockey, Lawn bowls, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Para Sports in the quadrennial sport.
All the best! May you make India proud with your game!