New Delhi, Mar 24: PV Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver medallist, will be Indian contingent’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, IOA sources have claimed.

Sindhu was picked by the IOA as the flag-bearer after a meeting on Friday evening. She reached the semi-finals of the All England championships last week.

This will the first time in the last three editions of the Commonwealth Games that a badminton player would don the flag-bearer’s hat.

At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, London Olympics silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar was handed the responsibility of flag-bearer. Meanwhile during 2018 Delhi CWG, the responsibility was given to Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra.

Earlier during the 2006 Melbourne CWG, Athens Olympics silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was the Indian contingent’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony. Rathore is presently the Union Sports Minister.