The Haryana government arranged a grand felicitation ceremony for Sakshi Malik with the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar handing a cash reward of Rs 2.5 crore to the Rio medallist.
Sakshi ended India’s agonising wait in Rio by winning a Bronze medal in 58kg freestyle wrestling. She also became India’s first woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal. Sakshi, who returned home today from Rio had a rousing reception on her arrival and later in the day lot of ceremonies have been planned to felicitate her.
However, at the felicitation ceremony, the Haryana CM forgot the name of India’s silver medallist PV Sindhu and even went on to say that the Hyderabadi girl is from Karnataka.
This is not the first time that an Indian politician has shown any kind of ignorance vis-a-vis India’s Olympians. Sports Minister Vijay Goel misspelt Dipa Karmakar’s name when he wished her following her outstanding performance at the vault final and goofed up athletes names later. Telangana’s Deputy CM even went on to say that he would arrange for a better coach for Sindhu so she could win Gold the next time, clearly undermine Pullela Gopichand’s role.
Sindhu, who is from Hyderabad, was given a grand welcome by the Telangana government on Monday. She and her coach Gopichand were taken on an open bus to a stadium, where thousands of people assembled to honour the duo. The ace shuttler was later felicitated by the Andhra Pradesh CM.