Sindhu defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in the final of the world championship in Basel, Switzerland to become the first Indian to claim a gold at the showpiece. The Hyderabadi had won two silvers and an equal number of bronze medals in the previous editions.
Sindhu was accompanied by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and national coach Pullela Gopichand among others during the meeting. She returned to the country on Monday night and was welcomed by a large gathering of fans at the airport.
“I am really happy, I am very proud of my country. It’s a much-awaited win and I am very happy about it,” she said in response to media queries at the airport.