The Badminton Association of India has announced a prize money worth Rs. 10 lakh to PV Sindhu on clinching a gold medal at the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China. The BAI also announced Rs 3 lakh to Sameer Verma for reaching the semifinal in his maiden appearance at the World Tour Finals.
“It’s a great year-ending for Indian badminton. Sindhu winning the Tours Final and defeating the best players to achieve the historic feat indicates the leap Indian badminton has taken. I congratulate both Sindhu and Sameer on behalf of entire Badminton Association of India,” BAI President, Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Ajay K Singhania, general secretary of BAI, congratulated both Sindhu and Sameer for their top efforts in China.
“Sindhu beating World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, Akane Yamaguchi, Ratchanok Inthanon and Nozomi Okuhara is indeed commendable and Sameer reaching the semi-final and losing close to the World No.2 Shi Yuqi on his debut says a lot about our shuttlers abilities. It is a great occasion for all of us to celebrate,” he said.
Rio Olympics’ silver medalist PV Sindhu created history by clinching a gold medal at the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China on 16 December, Sunday. She became the first Indian to do so.
She defeated Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-17 in 62 minutes to claim the World Tour Finals crown, meanwhile also breaking the jinx of a series of silver medal finishes in major tournaments. This is Sindhu’s first title win in last eight final appearances since winning her last gold at the Korea Open in 2017.
“I am the winner. No one can say I don’t win in finals, I have won the gold and this win is really special to me,” Sindhu said after the victory.
"I am the winner. No one can say I don’t win in finals, I have won the gold and this win is really special to me."
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) December 16, 2018
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