As it happened: Rio star PV Sindhu gets a rousing welcome at Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad

22 August 2016, 12:56 PM
Rio Olympics silver-medalist PV Sindhu back home (Source: ANI)
Rio Olympics silver-medalist PV Sindhu back home (Source: ANI)

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu arrived in Hyderabad Monday morning to a grand 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.

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 had organised a gala felicitation in honour of the star shuttler.

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. 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.

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First Published: Monday, August 22, 2016 08:30 AM
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