PV Sindhu’s Asian Games Silver is Worth Its Weight in Gold For India

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PV Sindhu’s Asian Games Silver is Worth Its Weight in Gold For India

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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eetega bhai jeetega, India jeetega” chants echoed inside Jakarta’s Istora Gelora Bung Karno arena, as PV Sindhu took on world number one Tai Tzu-ying of the Chinese Taipei at the Asian Games badminton final. A few years ago, hearing a robust Hindi chant in an international arena might have been unthinkable. But thanks to the meteoric rise of the sport in the last few years, fans have flocked in large numbers to back our shuttlers across the world.

And PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, both of whom have won historic medals at the 2018 Asian Games, have been the sport’s shining ambassadors. Sindhu settled for a silver, while Nehwal for a bronze. But being in the semis of women’s badminton alone had ensured their entry into history books. Their individual journeys and accolades are no doubt inspiring – but what they mean for India and for the sport goes far, far beyond those solo pursuits.

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