On May 24, 2017, Indian badminton player P.V. Sindhu became the second Indian to be inducted in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Athletes’ Commission. India’s Saina Nehwal is already in the BWF Athletes’ Commission.
- In the election which took place on the sidelines of the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, PV Sindhu topped the ballot with 129 votes.
- PV Sindhu, along with Marc Zweibler of Germany and Kristy Gilmour of Scotland will serve a four-year term in this role.
- Lithuania’s Akvile Stapusaityte will also join BWF Athletes’ Commission for tenure of two years. She will replace China’s Tan Yuanting, who retired after serving two years on the panel.
- The new members will join Shintaro Ikeda of Japan,Koen Ridder of The Netherlands and India’s Saina Nehwal on the Commission.
Brief Biography of PV Sindhu:
P V Sindhu was born on July 5, 1995 in Hyderabad, India.
- She received professional coaching in badminton at Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, founded by 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion Pullela Gopichand.
- In September 2012, she broke into the top 20 of theBWF World Ranking. She currently ranks 4th in the BWF World Ranking.
- At 2016 Rio Olympics, she won a silver medal in Badminton women’s singles category and thereby became first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal.
About Badminton World Federation (BWF):
BWF is the international governing body for the sport of badminton.
- It was founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation. The new name Badminton World Federation (BWF) was adopted in year 2006.
- BWF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee(IOC).
- Currently BWF comprises 176 member countries.
- Head office of BWF is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen is the current President of BWF.