PV Sindhu’s medal is proof that Indian Badminton is coming of age.
Rise of Indian Badminton
1992: Badminton was introduced in the Olympics
1994: Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy set up in Bangalore by Prakash Padukone and Vimal Kumar
2000–2001: PPBA’s Pullela Gopichand guides the Indian team to the Thomas Cup Finals for the first time in 12 years.
Pullela Gopichand wins All England in 2001
2008: Pullela Gopichand founded the Gopichand Badminton Academy
2012: Rise of Saina Nehwal. Goes on to win India’s 1st medal(Bronze after losing in Semifinal’s to China’s Wang Yihan) in Badminton, 20 years after it was introduced in Olympics.
2016: Rise of PV Sindhu, 7 players qualify for the Rio Olympics.
Men’s Singles: Srikanth Kidambi
Men’s Doubles : Manu Attri and Buss Sumeeth Reddy
Women’s Doubles: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa
Women’s Singles : P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal
P V Sindhu wins India’s first individual silver medal at the Olympics. First ever Silver medal from Women (All previous four being Bronze medals).First time an Indian Badminton player reaches the finals of Olympic Badminton.
Srikanth Kidambi went down in the quarter finals after putting up a brave fight against Lin Dan who is a two time Olympic Champion.