World number three PV Sindhu will carry the flag for India at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month – and in the process will be making another small slice of history.
Indian flagbearers at multisport games have traditionally been from the shooting squad, who have held the position at the past three Commonwealths, including Delhi.
But according to sources in the Indian Olympic Association, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist's rising stature in recent years clinched the issue in her favour for the coveted position for the opening ceremony on 4 April.
After winning Commonwealth Games bronze four years ago in Glasgow as part an Indian haul of four medals - including Kashyap Parupalli’s men’s singles title Sindhu is big favourite to win singles gold next month although she can expect competition from reigning champion Michelle Li.
The Canadian travels to the Gold Coast in good form having beaten Ratchanok Intanon in Round One of the YONEX All England just 2 weeks ago.
It is widely believed that Saina Nehwal – who won Commonwealth gold in 2010 - was also on the shortlist.