Hyderabad: Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu arrived at Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad on Monday where the Telangana state government has organised a grand felicitation for her.
Sindhu reached the venue riding in an open-top bus amid scenes of jubilation and loud cheers from scores of people on the streets. Sindhu, accompanied by coach Pullela Gopichand, was greeted by her parents — PV Ramana and P Vijaya — besides Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, and some ministers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on her arrival at Hyderabad airport.
Scores of fans are expected to throng the airport to witness the celebratory atmosphere.
PV Sindhu’s father and mother have also reached the airport to welcome her.
Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao will lead the reception along with senior officials and all necessary arrangements have been made in this regard.
While congratulating Sindhu for her feat, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, after chairing a Cabinet meeting on Saturday said, “a grand welcome would be organised on her arrival in the city on August 22”.
Telangana government had announced Rs. 5 crore cash reward to Ms Sindhu, a 1,000 square yard housing site near the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Gachibowli and suitable government job, if she is willing.
Hyderabad Collector Rahul Bojja, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy along with heads of various departments today reviewed the welcome arrangements and also inspected the routes from where the motorcade will pass.
Telangana government had also announced cash prize of Rs. 1 crore to Sindhu’s coach P 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.
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.