Shuttler Sindhu thanks ministry for Padma Bhushan nomination

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The two-time World Championship bronze medallist started 2017 with a win in her first outing, the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold tournament.

The Sports Ministry of India has nominated badminton maestro PV Sindhu for India's third-highest civilian honour that is the Padma Bhushan.

Sindhu then won her third BWF World Championships medal earlier this month, as she reached the final and won the silver medal, going down fighting to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in a fabulous final match.

Riding on a series of good performances, Sindhu achieved a career-best world ranking of number two in April for a brief period.

Her list of achievements also includes three Super Series titles, the recent one coming in Korea. Olympic Medallist Sindhu defeats Carolina Marin and won the India Open Series title.

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"I am very happy that my name has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan".

The 22-year-old Hyderabadi shuttler was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award - the highest sporting honour in India - in 2016 and the Padma Shri in 2015.

In an interview to PTI, a sports ministry official confirmed the news and said "Yes, we have recommended Sindhu for Padma Bhushan".

She is now the second sportsperson, along with cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to have been nominated for the award this year.

Sindhu has reaped the rewards of her hard work on the field as she is among the most celebrated sportpersons in the country.

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