Updated: August 2, 2021 12:43:06 am
Soon after P V Sindhu bagged the bronze medal by defeating China’s He Bingjiao in the women’s singles third-place play-off match in Tokyo, words of praise poured in from all quarters, with the President, the Prime Minister, ministers, and sportspersons congratulating the ace shuttler.
Sindhu scripted history with her victory, becoming the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals.
President Ram Nath Kovind hailed Sindhu as the “new yardstick of consistency, dedication and excellence” and for “bringing glory to India”.
P V Sindhu becomes the first Indian woman to win medals in two Olympic games. She has set a new yardstick of consistency, dedication and excellence. My heartiest congratulations to her for bringing glory to India.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 1, 2021
Congratulating Sindhu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “We are all elated by the stellar performance by @Pvsindhu1. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze at @Tokyo2020. She is India’s pride and one of our most outstanding Olympians.”
We are all elated by the stellar performance by @Pvsindhu1. Congratulations to her on winning the Bronze at @Tokyo2020. She is India’s pride and one of our most outstanding Olympians. #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/O8Ay3JWT7q
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 1, 2021
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also hailed Sindhu for her “unparalleled commitment and devotion towards the game”.
The first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals.
Your bronze medal win has charged up an entire nation. 🥉 pic.twitter.com/AXGHKe3wlU
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) August 1, 2021
Heartiest congratulations to our shining star, #PVSindhu 👏
Her impressive game today was very exciting and has captured the hearts of 130 crore Indians 🏸
— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) August 1, 2021
Fantastic game by India’s Badminton player @Pvsindhu1! Congratulations to her for the Bronze medal in the #Olympics. She has made the country proud on several occasions by achieving remarkable success. Today she has done it again! #TokyoOlympics2020
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 1, 2021
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 1, 2021
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also had words of praise for Sindhu.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 1, 2021
Former Olympic medalist and BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also congratulated Rathore. “Splendid performance! Many congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 for winning #Bronze,” he wrote.
— Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 1, 2021
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, while congratulating Sindhu, sought to strike a chord of communal harmony and highlight the fact that sports is a great unifier. “Isaayi Muslim Sikh Hindu, Sabko jodein #PVSindhu . First Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. Congratulations on the #Bronze,” he wrote.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 1, 2021
Former Indian cricketers VVS Laxman and Venkatesh Prasad as well as Team India stars Krunal Pandya and Ishant Sharma were also among the thousands who took to social media to congratulate Sindhu after her win.