New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday hailed badminton star P.V. Sindhu for becoming the first Indian to win gold at the BWF World Championships. In what turned out to be a one-sided final, Sindhu crushed former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7 in just 36 minutes.
“PV Sindhu creates history by becoming the first-ever Indian to claim gold in BWF World Badminton Championships! India is proud of @Pvsindhu1 My hearty congratulations! Govt will continue to provide best support & facilities to produce champions. #BWFWorldChampionships2019,” Rijiju tweeted moments after Sindhu created history.
Sindhu was playing in her third consecutive World Championships final. She had previously lost to Okuhara in an epic 110-minute fixture in 2017 and then to Olympic champion Carolina Marine of Spain in 2018.
Sindhu dedicated her victory to India and her mother, who is celebrating her birthday on Sunday.