After winning a billion hearts from Brazil, PV Sindhu on Monday arrived to a hero’s welcome at Hyderabad International airport. Amid scenes of jubilation and loud cheers from scores of people, Sindhu, accompanied by coach Pullela Gopichand, was greeted by her parents — P V Ramana and P Vijaya — besides
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, and some ministers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. “We are very happy to receive Sindhu. The CM has arranged a very good reception for her, we will go to Gachibowli from here and then we will disperse from there”, said PV Sindhu’s father. Scores of fans thronged the airport to witness the celebratory atmosphere.
Later, displaying the silver medal, she also waved to the cheering crowds from the open-top-motorcade as the procession began from the airport towards Gachibowli stadium, where the Telangana government has organised a gala felicitation in honour of the star shuttler. The Telangana government had announced Rs five crore cash reward for the 21-year-old, a 1,000 square yard housing site near the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Gachibowli and suitable government job, if she is willing. Telangana government had also announced cash prize of Rs one crore for Sindhu’s coach Gopichand.
On August 19, the 21-year-old from Hyderabad lost to world no-1 Carolina Marin of Spain 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a pulsating final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes. Ms Sindhu, the two-time World championship bronze medallist, became the first Indian woman player to clinch a silver in the Olympics and fifth woman player from India to win a medal in the quadrennial games.