Being touted as India’s next badminton sensation after Saina Nehwal, young P.V Sindhu has signed a contract with management company Universal Collectabillia, which is co-owned by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, according to media reports.
Universal Collectabillia, a merchandise and brand extension firm, is jointly owned by Tendulkar and his friends Chamundeswarnath and Anjana Reddy. The company will manage the 17-year-old shuttler, who’s on a high currently after winning her maiden title at Malaysian Grand Prix Gold at Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, till the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
"We will be managing her till next Olympics. She is a bright prospect and had just started winning titles," Chamundeswarnath was quoted as saying in a report.
Interestingly, Chamundeswarnath along with his friends gave Rs 5 lakh reward to Sindhu for winning the Malaysian event.
Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand, who is her mentor is happy for his ward and feels Sindhu is lucky to be managed by such a big firm.
"Getting support from such a popular firm will help her a lot. She is very lucky to get this sort of support early in her career," a report quoted Gopichand as saying.
The 5 ft 10 in tall shuttler, who is currently ranked 13 in the BWF rankings, hopes to break into the top 10 by the end of this year and is currently preparing for the Sudirman Cup, to be held in another two weeks time.