Sindhu awaits ice cream with Modi after second Olympic medal

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu awaits a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after she became the country’s first woman to win two individual Olympic medals.

“GOAT – Grittiest Of All Time,” the Indian Express front page read yesterday, riffing off Greatest Of All Time after Sindhu beat China’s He Bingjiao in Tokyo and swooped a bronze medal. The world champion’s victory on Sunday came five years after she finished second at the Rio Games.

Sindhu’s father PV Ramana, a former volleyball player, said the badminton superstar will meet the prime minister on her return today.

“He had said, ‘you go, we will have ice cream when you come back,’ so she will now definitely go and have ice cream with the prime minister,” Ramana was quoted as saying by Indian media.

In an online interaction with Sindhu ahead of the competition, Modi had said he would invite her for dessert after the badminton champion admitted she loves ice cream but stays away from it to stay fit.

India’s PV Sindhu celebrates after winning against China’s He Bing Jiao. PHOTO: AP