Social buzz: A week of celebration and honours of Indian heroes

By Naveen Peter ·

It’s been a week of celebration for the Indian sporting family. On Sunday, PV Sindhu won the nation’s first-ever title at the BWF World Championships. Then on Thursday, India celebrated hockey legend Dhyan Chand’s birth anniversary as their National Sports Day.

We take a look at what the sporting heroes of the country were up to during this eventful week.

Celebrations continue

PT Usha - also known as the ’Payyoli Express' - has been a guiding light in Indian athletics for many years despite suffering various setbacks throughout her career.

And it was no surprise to see Usha tweet her congratulations to Sindhu after her World Championships win in Basel on Sunday, showing her appreciation for the shuttler’s efforts and application.

Nothing better than this

There cannot be too many more satisfying moments than seeing someone whose skills you helped hone stand on the top of the podium at the world stage.

This is exactly the feeling marksman Gagang Narang felt when he saw Elavenil Valarivan win her maiden gold at an ISSF World Cup at the ongoing Rifle/ Pistol event in Rio de Janeiro.

The 20-year-old, who trains under Narang, was in fine touch as she shot her way to winning her first-ever gold at senior level on Wednesday.

Narang could not hide his pleasure at her success:

Remembering the legend

The week also saw India remember the hockey great Dhyan Chand on his birthday on Thursday.

The nation celebrated the day as National Sports Day and Indian women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal took to her social media platform to show her respect for 'The Wizard'.

Befitting honour

While Sunday was all about Sindhu and her fantastic achievement in Basel, the competition also saw B Sai Praneeth become the first Indian man to win a World Championships medal since Prakash Padukone in 1983.

The Gopichand academy trainee has been in splendid form this season and the nation recognised his contribution by honouring him with the Arjuna Award on Thursday. Here’s the man talking about what the award means to him.

The long and the short of it

Along with Sai Praneeth, the 2019 edition of the National Sports Awards also saw Indian football team’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu being conferred the Arjuna award.

Sandhu became the youngest Indian ’keeper to receive the honour and his national captain was quick to praise his slighly taller team mate.