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PV Sindhu an IAS? Badminton ace takes up senior post offered by Andhra Pradesh

PV Sindhu has accepted the offer of a Group I officer’s post by the Andhra Pradesh government after she won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics.

other sports Updated: Feb 24, 2017 16:54 IST
PV Sindhu, badminton’s world No. 5, lives in Hyderabad and trains at Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy at Gachibowli.
PV Sindhu, badminton’s world No. 5, lives in Hyderabad and trains at Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy at Gachibowli. (PTI)

Ace badminton player and Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu appears to have decided to settle down in Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati after accepting a Group-I officer’s job offered by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Sources close to her family said PV Sindhu gave her acceptance letter to the Andhra Pradesh government during her recent visit to Vijayawada to attend the National Women’s Parliament held at nearby Amaravati, which is coming up as the state’s new capital. Authorities are now working out the formalities.

The 21-year-old PV Sindhu, the world number 5, lives in Hyderabad and trains at Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy at Gachibowli.

When contacted, Sindhu’s mother P Vijaya confirmed Sindhu has accepted the offer.

PV Sindhu in action in the Premier Badminton League, in Hyderabad. (PTI)

“She was given the job offer by the Andhra government during her felicitation at Vijayawada, immediately after her return from the Rio Olympics. When she went to the National Women’s Parliament on February 10 and 11, she gave the consent letter,” she told Hindustan Times.

Vijaya, however, said it was not yet clear what the nature of the job was.

“Sindhu will take a call after she gets the appointment order. After all, it should not affect her game and she has a long way to go in her career.

“But she has to settle down one day. We understand it is a very good offer, and since Sindhu is still young, I think it will definitely help her,” her mother added.

PV SINDHU IAS?

Sources said the Andhra Pradesh government is likely to offer a post in the rank of Deputy Collector, a Group-I post. If PV Sindhu does take it up, there is a possibility of her being conferred with IAS in eight-nine years, the sources said.

At present, the badminton sensation is working in the public sector oil company, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) as deputy manager (sports).

Besides the job offer, the Andhra Pradesh government has also given Sindhu a cash award of Rs 3 crore, besides a 1,000 square yard residential plot in the new capital region of Amaravati.

PV Sindhu is currently the world No. 5 in women’s singles ranking. (AP)

Naidu also offered badminton coach Pullela Gopichand 15 acres in Amaravati to set up an academy.

“The government issued orders to this effect long ago and Sindhu has to identity the location of the plot,” sources close to her family said.

The Telangana government too allotted a 1,000 square-yard plot in Hyderabad’s upmarket Shaikpet area last month.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also offered Rs 5 crore and a government job. Sindhu accepted the cash, but not the job offer.