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Salesian Sister's Alumna Wins Olympic Bronze for Badminton


By C.M. Paul
File photo of P.V. Sindhu with Sr Rosily.
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Kolkata, Aug. 6. Reigning world champion P V Sindhu on Sunday (1st August 2021) became the second Indian and the country's first woman to win two Olympic medals, securing a bronze after a straight-game win over world No 9 He Bing Jiao of China in the badminton women's singles third-place play-off held in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Salesian Sister (Dr) Rosily Theckanath, her former principal at Auxilium School Secunderabad recalls Sindhu's schools days.

One of the first parents I met as I took charge of the Auxilium School Secunderabad in the year 2009 was Mr. Ramana, the Arjuna awardee. He came with his beloved daughter P V Sindhu who was a student of Auxilium Secunderabad.

It gave me lots of joy to accompany this budding star and do all that I could in order to make her dream come true. A girl of determination and courage Sindhu wanted to be a winner always. Obedience and respectfulness especially towards her teachers is part and parcel of her life. She cherished every value we proposed with lot of interest and earnestness.  

Sindhu could not attend the class daily specially when there was the rigorous practices and various national and international matches. We gave her all support including full attendance. Her friends were so good that before their teachers could ask they would complete Sindhu's notes.

Each time Sindhu reached the school with her hard earned prize we had a celebration in the morning assembly which boosted her for greater heights. Mr. Ramana always told me that it is because of the tremendous support from the school Sindhu is able to win even the tough matches.  

I proudly recall that great moment in my life as Sindhu and her parents invited me to share the stage during the grand reception in Hyderabad as she returned to India as the Rio Olympics silver medallist. It was a rare moment and our hard work really paid off. END
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