Awards and accolades await P V Sindhu as Telangana and Andhra Pradesh prepare to welcome home the badminton ace. From Hyderabad to Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam, corporates, businessmen and jewellery showrooms are waiting to show their appreciation for the medal-winner in cash and gifts.
The first gift that Sindhu will receive is a BMW from V Chamundeshwarnath, president of Hyderabad District Badminton Association. He had gifted a BMW to Saina Nehwal when she won a bronze in 2012 and vowed to gift one to Sindhu if she wins a medal. “Before the Rio Olympics started, I had said that if anyone from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh wins a medal I will gift a BMW. I am glad, I will be presenting one to Sindhu soon,’’ said Chamundeshwarnath, a close friend of Sachin Tendulkar, who raises the money to buy the luxury cars by seeking donations from businessmen and corporates. Tendulkar who handed over the BMW from Chamundeshwarnath to Saina Nehwal in August 2012 is also likely to hand over the Beemer to Sindhu next month.
Telangana government announced a cash awards of Rs one crore. Sources said that Government is also likely to gift land to Sindhu. Badminton Association of India too announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh for Sindhu and Rs 10 lakh for Gopichand. The All India Football Federation also awarded Rs 5 lakh each for both Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.
The Madhya Pradesh government also announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh for Sindhu, an official said. Congratulating Sindhu for bagging the silver medal, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh, a senior official of the Public Relation department said.
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A Vijayawada-based top jewellery showroom chain will sign up Sindhu as their brand ambassador. Several real estate developers are likely to gift flats to promote their prestigious ventures in IT corridor. Mahindra and Mahindra will gift one of their famous SUVs of Sindhu’s choice to the shuttler.
Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao said Friday evening that the government will make all arrangements to accord a glittering reception to Sindhu when she returns from Rio. “Our Telugu daughter has brought glory to the country. We are all proud of her. We will organize a grand welcome for her,’’ Rama Rao said.
The Delhi government also announced Rs 1 crore as an award to Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik, and Rs 2 crore to Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu.
Delhi Government also offered a promotion to Sakshi Malik’s father who works in the Delhi Transport Corporation.
Meanwhile, students of faculty of St Ann’s College for Women at Mehdipatnam where Sindhu is pursuing an MBA degree organized a meeting to pray for success of their favourite student. Dozens of students from various schools converged at the Gopichand Badminton Academy at Gachibowli, where Sindhu trains, to watch the match on the big screen. Special prayers and ‘pooja’ were held at various temples across the state including `Peddamma temple’ in Jubillee Hills in Hyderabad for Sindhu’s success.