Rio Games silver medallist shuttler topped the ballot with 129 votes.

Wednesday, 24th May 2017 09:22:00 PM

PV Sindhu was elected as a member of the BWF Athletes Commission after the end of voting for the four places on the representative body, at Gold Coast, Australia, on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Rio Games silver medallist topped the ballot with 129 votes. Apart from the Indian shuttler, Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland (103 votes), Lithuanias Akvile Stapusaityte (25 votes) and Germanys Marc Zwiebler (108 votes) were elected. "I am happy to be elected as a member. Thanks to the players who have elected me. It is a great responsibility and I will surely do justice to my new post," Sindhu said.

The Indian team are playing the Sudirman Cup in Australia at the moment. India will play China in the quarterfinals on Friday. It was decided on Wednesday after Indonesia beat Denmark 3-2, allowing India to qualify for the knockout stage. 

The suspense is over. India deserved to be in the knockouts of #SudirmanCup2017 and theyre through. Congratulations to the entire team. pic.twitter.com/P4Zh7OGu5l

Sindhu, Gilmour and Zwiebler will replace Yuhan Tan (Belgium), Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus (Denmark) and Greysia Polii (Indonesia) who have concluded their four-year terms. Stapusaityte will only serve two years as she will finish the term of Tang Yuanting. The Chinese player became a member of the Athletes Commission in 2015 but resigned following her retirement from badminton last year, thus leaving a casual vacancy on the Commission.

Regulations stipulate the male with highest number of votes; the female with the highest number of votes and then the person with the next highest number of votes (male or female) win the three places. By virtue of Tangs resignation, the female with the next-highest number of votes was required to replace her.

The voting took place on the sidelines of the ongoing Sudirman Cup as well as via email during the past month. A total of 183 valid votes were cast.

The new Athletes Commission members will join Shintaro Ikeda of Japan; Koen Ridder of the Netherlands; and Indias Saina Nehwal on the players representative body.

(With PTI inputs)

Source : NDTVSports

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