The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced cash award of Rs 10 lakh for PV Sindhu and Rs 5 lakh for Saina Nehwal following their medal winning performances in the World Championships that concluded in Glasgow on Sunday. It is for the first time that India has secured two medals at the prestigious event.
Sindhu settled for a silver after an epic battle against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the final. In the longest match of the tournament, which tested the physical and mental strength of both the players, Sindhu lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 after battling hard for one hour and 50 minutes.
Nehwal had also lost to the Japanese in the semifinals to settle for a bronze.
Congratulating the players for their exceptional performance in the tournament, BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "I would like to congratulate both the girls for their great performance. It has been a great journey and I am sure the performance of the players will only get better from here".