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A date that will remain forever etched in the annals of Indian sporting history, and certainly in the heart of PV Sindhu. While she may have lost the finals of the Finals of the Women’s Singles at the 2016 Olympics and yet she won a billion hearts and made herself a permanent place in the Indian sporting history.

A hard-fought encounter against Spanish sensation Carolina Marin ended on the wrong side of the result for Sindhu but just by reaching the finals at Rio, the young girl from Hyderabad had gone further than anyone else before her in the sport. Coming right after the bronze that Saina Nehwal secured at the London Olympics, this was the defining moment signaling the passing on of the baton to the next generation.

Sindhu has since inspired hundreds and thousands of girls across the nation and continues to ratchet up the results in the big tournaments. She’s the current world champion, has won several super series titles, won the world tour finals, been world #2, won the commonwealth gold, amongst so many others.

From Padma Bhushan to the Rajeev Ghandhi Khel Ratna award, from Arjuna Award to the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2020 – she’s been a recipient of awards galore – and yet she’s far from being finished. A run for glory at the 2021 Olympics, defense of her World Championship Gold and many more years of competitive badminton at the top of the tier remain in her.