NEW DELHI: Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has been nominated for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award by the Sports Ministry on Monday. World No. 2 Sindhu has been in stellar form since winning a silver medal at Rio Olympics last year and is the second athlete after cricketer MS Dhoni to have been nominated for the honour this year “Yes, we have recommended Sindhu for Padma Bhushan,” a Sports Ministry official told

Sindhu, who was also a silver medallist at the World Badminton Championships last month, recently beat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 to become the first Indian shuttler to clinch the Korea Open Super Series title. Last week, she had jumped two places to second spot in the Badminton World Federation women’s singles rankings. Sindhu, 22, was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri in March 2015.