Kidambi Srikanth created history this morning by winning the Australian Super Series against the reigning Olympic Champions, Chen Long. It was Srikanth’s second Super Series win in as many weeks. Srikanth, who has been ranked as high as 3 in the world is enjoying his best phase in the world badminton circuit.
The nation rejoiced with Kidambi this morning, outpouring on their love on Twitter and celebrating the arrival of India’s new Badminton hero.
Srikanth is only the fifth player in the history of the sport to win two consecutive Super Series titles.
Narendra Modi too jumped on the bandwagon and made his voice heard.
“Badminton player Kidambi Srikanth recently won the Indonesia Open. He has made the nation proud,” said Modi in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme.
Modi was quick to assert that that nation is on the right path to become a sporting super power as parents have started to treat sport as more than just a recreational activity.
Achievements like these help in the establishment of heroes, something that is extremely important for the growth and development of the sport at the grass root level.
“These days we see that our youth are getting increasingly inclined to the field of sports. It is becoming evident that along with studies, our new generations can see a future in sports as well. And our sportspersons, through their prowess, skills and accomplishments win laurels for the country as well,” he said.
“The more we promote sports, the more we see the spirit of sportsmanship. Sports play an important role in personality development also. There is a great significance of sports in overall personality development.”
“They should study as well, if they can do well in studies, they should certainly do so, but if they have the potential and the inclination to do well in sports, that should be encouraged and supported by the school, college, family and all the people around them,” he added