Vijayawada, Aug 23 : Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu on Tuesday reached Vijayawada to a grand welcome by the people.
Large number of students and fans were lined up on either side of the road to welcome Sindhu as she emerged from Gannavaram Airport.
Standing in a specially decorated open-top bus along with her coach Pullela Gopichand, parents and some ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Sindhu waved at the huge crowd. She kept displaying her Olympic medal proudly.
Amid the drum beats, the victory rally began around 10.30 a.m. It will pass through different parts of the city before reaching Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, where she will be felicitated.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister N. Chinnarajappa and other ministers welcomed Sindhu and Gopichand on their arrival in a special aircraft from Hyderabad.
As Sindhu’s parents have their roots in Andhra Pradesh, many of her relatives were among those who accorded her a warm welcome.
After the civic reception, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will present her a Rs 3 crore cheque. Naidu has also announced a 1,000 square feet residential plot in Amaravati for Sindhu.
The state government has made elaborate arrangements for a rousing reception in honour of the star shuttler, who became the first Indian to win a silver medal at Olympics.
Sindhu and Gopichand will also take a holy dip in Krishna river on the last day of 12-day long river festival “Krishna Pushkaralu”.
Sindhu, who returned from Rio to Hyderabad to a hero’s welcome on Monday, received another cheque of Rs 5 crore from Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who also offered her a residential plot in Hyderabad and a government job.
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Tendulkar wishes for quick recovery of Saina
New Delhi, 17 March : Saina Nehwal turned 29 on Sunday and wishes poured in from various quarters for the ace India shuttler.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar not only wished Saina but also expressed concer over the shuttler’s health as the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist had earlier said she was admitted to a hospital after being diagnosed with ‘acute gastroenteritis with mild pancreatitis’.
After crashing out of the All England Open badminton championships quarter-finals, Saina was forced to miss the Swiss Open 2019 due to the problem.
Wishing Saina, Tendulkar said on Twitter: “Happy birthday to our very own Olympic medalist, @NSaina. Hoping for your quick recovery so you can continue to inspire the youth.”
Meanwhile, male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and India women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal also wished the shuttler.
“Wishing you a very happy birthday, @NSaina. Have a smashing year ahead!,” Srikanth said.
“A very happy birthday @NSaina Wishing you a great and successful year ahead,” Rani wished.
Earlier, informing about her health, Saina had posted on instagram saying: “So some sad news. I was really going through acute stomach pain from last Monday. I managed to play few matches in All England with lot of pain and decided to skip Swiss Open and come back to India and find out the issue and I found out it’s Acute Gastroenteritis with mild pancreatitis and the doctors have recommended me to get admitted and hopefully I recover soon out of it.”
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