New Delhi: Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday hailed P V Sindhu as a sporting icon and one of many “greatest Olympians” the nation has ever produced after she returned to the nation to a heat reception following her bronze-medal successful feat on the Tokyo Video games.
Sindhu on Sunday turned the second Indian and first girl from the nation to bag two Olympic medals after successful the bronze in Tokyo, 5 years after securing a silver at Rio Video games.
The 26-year-old from Hyderabad was accorded a heat welcome when she returned to the nation on Tuesday.
“PV Sindhu is amongst India’s greatest Olympians. She is India’s icon, inspiration and has caught the imagination of every Indian who dreams of playing for the country,” Thakur stated after felicitating Sindhu and her Korean coach Park Tae-Sang right here.
“Her incredible achievement – that of winning two Olympic medals in two consecutive Olympic Games will inspire a generation of budding athletes. Her success shows how the Target Olympic Podium scheme of the government has nurtured our Olympic hopefuls towards a podium finish.”
Sindhu, the reigning world champion, had defeated China’s He Bing Jiao within the bronze play-off.
“I would like to thank each one of my fans because of the support and though we played without fans in the stadium, but I am sure billions have supported me from India and this success is the result of their wishes,” Sindhu stated.
“I would like to thank my parents for their constant support and scarifies and my coach for working with me and making this dream come true.”
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Tradition, Tourism and Improvement of North-Jap Area G Kishan Reddy and Minister of State of Youth Affairs and Sports activities Nisith Pramanik additionally feliciated Sindhu for her distinctive feat.
Secretary Sports activities, Ravi Mittal and Sindhu’s dad and mom have been additionally current on the felicitation occasion.
Earlier, Sindhu was acquired on the Indira Gandhi Worldwide airport by Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) common secretary Ajay Singhania, who additionally felicitated her and coach Park on the airport.
Sindhu is the second Indian athlete to return house with a medal from Tokyo after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who gained the 49kg class silver on July 24.
Boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who’s assured of a 69kg medal, will compete within the semifinal in opposition to Busenaz Surmeneli (Turkey) on Wednesday.