Olympics Silver Medalist P V Sindhu thanked her coach, the people and the government for their support in her performance at Rio in 2016. Sindhu and her coach, P Gopichand are being felicitated at the Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad. The badminton star was seen interacting with the common folk on her return to her home state. Sindhu is the first women silver medalist for India at the Olympics. Sindhu’s feat was achieved at a time when the nation was facing a deficit in the medal tally with a solo bronze won by wrestler Sakshi Malik.
Sindhu lost to top-ranked Carolina Marin in the women’s singles final of the Olympics. Sindhu, whose name was not taken as a serious contender for a podium finish. But after Saina Nehwal’s unprecedented exit in the 2nd round of the competition, the onus of a good performance came down to the Hyderabadi girl. Earlier today, Sindhu was taken through an open bus parade as she waved to the crowd gathered to acknowledge their support. Sindhu later talked with people in the stadium and was seen clicking pictures with them.
The President of the Hyderabad District Badminton Association, V Chamundeshwarnath is to gift the shuttler with a BMW, while Sachin Tendulkar has been rumoured to be gifting her a Bimmer. The Delhi government will also honour and recognise her contribution to the sport and award her with Rs 2 crores. The Telangana government has announced a cash reward of Rs 1 crore, while Badminton Association Of India will confer her with Rs 50 lakh and Rs 10 lakh for coach Gopichand.