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Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V.Sindhu moves to No. 3 in World Ranking

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu has been ranked No. 3 in the latest BWF ranking. Sindhu who was at No.5 climbed up two places on the basis of making the quarter-finals of the recently-concluded Singapore Open Super Series. Sindhu’s career best is when she reached World No. 2 two weeks ago.

As per the latest BWF ranking, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has been ranked eighth. Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth have been placed at 21st and 22nd positions respectively.

PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu received international attention after getting listed on the Top 20 list of Badminton World Federation rankings in 2012. In 2013, she created history by becoming first Indian women’s singles badminton player to win a medal at the 2013 World Championships. Sindhu grabbed Silver medal in Rio Olympics. With that, she became the second Indian female shuttler to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal (2012 London Olympics). She has been awarded Padma Shri in 2015, which is India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.

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Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC’s Athletes’ Commission

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. It is rare honour for an Indian sportsperson.

In this regard, Saina has received a letter to the effect from the IOC President Thomas Bach mentioning that she has been appointed in consultation with Chair of Athletes’ Commission.

The Athletes’ Commission of IOC is chaired by Angela Ruggiero. It comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members.

About Saina Nehwal

  • She is the first Indian to win Olympics medal in Badminton and had achieved this feat by winning the Bronze medal at the London Olympics 2012.
  • She is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and was also the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by winning Indonesia Open in 2009.
  • Awards: Government of India has awarded her with Arjuna Award (2009), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2009–2010), Padma Shri (2010) and Padma Bhushan (2016).

What is International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission?

  • The IOC Athletes’ Commission is a body of sportspersons maintained by the IOC for the purpose of representing athletes.
  • It was established in 1981 and its creation was codified by the IOC in Rule 21 of the Olympic Charter.
  • The athletes commission works as a consultative body and act as link between active athletes and the IOC.
  • It makes recommendations to the IOC’s executive bodies. Its chair serves as a member of the IOC Executive Board.
  • It meets once or twice a year, and also organises an Athletes’ Forum once every two years.

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Saina Nehwal wins 2016 Australian Open Super Series Badminton title

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has won the 2016 Australian Open Super Series Badminton tournament title in women’s singles category.

In the final match played at Sydney, Saina defeated Chinese Sun Yu by 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 score. It was Saina’s first title of year 2016 season and overall second Australian Open title of her career. She won her first Australian Open title in 2014.

On the other hand, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus from Denmark won the Australian Open Badminton Super series title in the men’s singles category. In the final match, Vittinghus defeated Jeon Hyeok-Jin from South Korea. It is Hans-Kristian Vittinghus’ first Australian Open Badminton Super series title.

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