Sindhu elected as member of BWF Athletes’ Commission

P.V. Sindhu topped the ballot with 129 votes to be elected to the BWF Athletes’ Commission in Gold Coast (Australia) on Wednesday.

P.V. Sindhu will join Saina Nehwal in the Athletes’ Commission.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Rio Olympics silver medallist and India’s champion shuttler P.V. Sindhu topped the ballot with 129 votes to be elected to the BWF Athletes’ Commission in Gold Coast (Australia) on Wednesday.

“I sincerely thank all the players and all those who supported me and I will try my best to do justice to the huge honour for which I was chosen,” Sindhu told Sportstar .

“Yes, it is always a great feeling to be on such a prestigious panel which not only enhances your image but also means added responsibility,” she remarked.

The Indian athlete was followed by Marc Zwiebler of Germany (108 votes) and Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland (103).

These three replace Yuhan Tan (Belgium), Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus (Denmark) and Greysia Polii (Indonesia) who have concluded their terms.

For the record, Lithuania’s Akvile Stapusaityte is the third woman elected to the Commission but she will only serve two years as she will finish the term of Tang Yuanting of China whose retirement from badminton last year left a casual vacancy on the Commission.

The voting took place on the sidelines of the ongoing BWF Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast today.

The new Athletes’ Commission members will join Shintaro Ikeda of Japan, Koen Ridder of The Netherlands and India’s Saina Nehwal on the players’ representative body.

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