PV Sindhu as the flag-bearer was chosen by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The IOA, it is learnt, picked the 22-year-old Rio Games silver medalist Instead of Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal who were also in contention, because of “better colour of the medal at the Olympics” and her consistent performances in the last few years. The opening ceremony will be held at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast on April 4.
Olympic medalists and World Champions Mary Kom and Nehwal, both are competing in their second Commonwealth Games, and are yet to be flag-bearers at a multi-discipline event. Which made them among the front-runners to lead the Indian contingent during the ceremony? An IOA official said “Sindhu’s achievements are more recent and she is among the best athletes in the country at the moment. Hence, we have chosen her to be the flag-bearer,”
Sindhu is the one aiming to win gold in the badminton singles next month after she had to settle for a bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games following a shock loss to Canada’s Michelle Li. By the way, Sindhu finds her dragged into a controversy after the sports ministry, on Thursday, objected to the inclusion of her mother Vijaya in India’s 330-member contingent.
Sindhu’s mother has no role assigned will be added as an ‘extra official’ in the official team list. The IOA said that “it has been done following the shuttler’s request”. However, the ministry is likely to tell them to travel at no cost to the government. On Saturday, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Sports minister is expected to take a final call on the issue.