Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad with her coach Pullela Gopichand, on Monday where hundreds of people received her with a grand welcome. The Telangana state government has organised a grand welcome for her. Sindhu and coach Pullela Gopichand were greeted by her parents PV Ramana and P Vijaya, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, and some ministers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Wearing an indigo blazer and sporting the Olympic silver medal in her neck, PV Sindhu along with Gopichand and her parents PV Ramana and Vijaya, boarded an open-top double-decker bus, specially brought from Mumbai, which was decorated with flowers and national tricolour.
PV Sindhu won a silver medal in badminton women’s singles at Rio Olympics 2016. She created history by becoming India’s first ever silver medallist in badminton. In the final on August 19, Sindhu lost to world number one Carolina Marin of Spain in a hard-fought 3-game contest.
PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman player to clinch a Silver in the Olympics.
Telangana government has announced Rs 5 crore cash reward to Sindhu, a 1,000 square yard housing site near the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Gachibowli and suitable government job, if she is willing. Telangana government has also announced cash prize of Rs 1 crore to Sindhu’s coach P Gopichand.