Theory:

Read the biography of P. V. Sindhu:
  
     The word BADMINTON will instantly bring P.V. Sindhu in everyone’s mind. Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win a silver medal in 2017 Olympics – the other being Saina Nehwal who has won a bronze medal in 2012 Olympics. Sindhu came to international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BFW (Badminton World Federation) in September 2012 at the age of 17. She is one of the top five shuttlers in the women’s singles category.
 
     She started playing badminton at the age of eight. Though her parents were professional volleyball players, Sindhu chose badminton over volleyball because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion.
 
     Sindhu first learned the basics of the sport with the guidance of Mehboob Ali. She then joined Pullela Gopichand’s 'Gopichand Badminton Academy.' While profiling Sindhu’s career, a correspondent with The Hindu wrote:
 
     “The fact that she reports on time at the coaching camps daily, travelling a distance of 56 km from her residence, is perhaps a reflection of her willingness to fulfil her desire to be a good badminton player with the required hard work and commitment.”
 
     Gopichand seconded this opinion,“The most striking feature in Sindhu’s game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit.”
 
     Despite P.V Sindhu being busy with her training schedules and International tournaments, she managed to attend regular school until class 9, after which all her classes were through correspondence. She did balance both her passion as well as her academics and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B.com).
 
     After joining Gopichand’s badminton academy, Sindhu won several titles. She has won many awards as well as cash grants for her contribution and among them, these three awards were conferred on her by the Indian government:
 
• Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour of India (2016).
• Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India (2015).
• Arjuna Award (2013).
Explanation:
 
P.V. Sindhu is a badminton player. If we think of badminton, we immediately think of P.V. Sindhu. Her full name is Pusarla Venkata Sindhu. Sindhu is among the two Indian badminton players who won the silver medals in the \(2017\) Olympics; the other one is Saina Nehwal, who won a bronze medal in \(2012\) Olympics. Sindhu became internationally famous when she entered the top \(20\) BFW (Badminton World Federation) in September \(2012\), when she was just \(17\) years old. She is one of the top \(5\) shuttle players in the women's singles category.
 
Sindhu started playing badminton when she was just eight years old. Her parents were professional volleyball players, but Sindhu chose badminton over volleyball because the success of Pullela Gopichand in \(2001\) All England Open Badminton Champion inspired her.
 
Sindhu learnt the basics of badminton from Mehboob Ali. She joined Pullela Gopichand's Badminton Academy later. A reporter from The Hindu, a leading newspaper, wrote the profile of Sindhu's career. It said, the fact she came to time to her coaching camps every day on time, after travelling \(56\) kilometres, from her house, shows her desire to be a good badminton player with all the hard work and dedication required for the sport. Gopichand also agreed and said the most impressive feature in Sindhu's game is her approach to the same and never giving up attitude.
  
Sindhu attended regular school till class \(9\), after that she continued with correspondence courses, due to her busy training classes and International tournaments. Correspondence courses means a course of study in which student and tutors communicate by post, and the student need not present physically in class. She has completed her Bachelor's degree in Commerce (B.Com.). She has managed her studies (academics) and sports (passion) equally well.
  
Sindhu won many awards and fame after she joined the Gopichand Academy. She has also obtained cash rewards for her contribution to the team. The Indian Government has recognized her talents and gave her the following awards:
   
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour of India (\(2016\)).
Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India (\(2015\)).
Arjuna Award (\(2013\)).
 
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Meanings of difficult words:
  
No.
Words
Meanings
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strikingfind particularly interesting, noticeable, or impressive
2
correspondentreporter, in a newspaper
3
inspirationthe process of being mentally stimulated to do something
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commitmentdedication
5
civiliancommon people
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never-say-dienot to give up hope
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attitudea frame of mind, approach to something
Reference:
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-2 English Standard-6. Sports Stars (pp. 81-97). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.