Remember the 2016 Summer Olympics and how PV Sindhu made the entire nation beam with pride after winning the silver medal? Sindhu was the first Indian woman to win a silver at Rio Olympics and ever since, she has become the face of badminton in India.
Now, the ace badminton player has made it to the ‘Forbes Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2018’ list securing the seventh position for herself. Sindhu is the only Indian to be featured on the list, which is dominated by tennis players.
She has made it with a total earning of US$8.5 million with primary sources of income being the sport itself as well as brand endorsements. Talking about PV Sindhu, Forbes wrote, “The Indian badminton player burst on the scene with a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was the first Indian female athlete to win a silver. The 23-year-old has a robust sponsor roster with Bridgestone, Gatorade, Nokia, Panasonic, Reckitt Benckiser and a half-dozen other brands.”
And if you were curious, it is the tennis legend Serena Williams who has topped the list with a total earning of US$18.1 million.
While it makes our heart filled with joy and pride that women in our country are getting their due now it’s difficult to ignore the fact that we still have a long way to go when it comes to wage gap. To give you some perspective on this, remember that Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli makes a whopping US$24 million.
As per the latest Forbes report, the wage gap between both the sexes is obviously a global phenomenon. Boxer Flyod Mayweather is the highest paid male sportsperson with earnings of a massive US$285 million while Serena’s earnings are US$18.1 million.
We’re so proud that Indian sports is being put on the map with global icons like Sindhu. More power to you and even greater success in the future!
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