PV Sindhu has returned from the Tokyo after winning a bronze medal in the 2020 Olympics. The ace Indian badminton star arrived in the national Capital on Tuesday evening.
The star Indian shuttler was received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi by Badminton Association of India general secretary Ajay Singhania. He was accompanied by officials from the Sports Authority of India.
The Hyderabad girl also met the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur, who honoured Sindhu.
The only Indian woman to win two Olympic medals, Sindhu received a warm welcome on her return to the country after claiming a bronze at the Tokyo Games. Sindhu is the second Indian athlete to return from Tokyo with a medal. Weight lifter Mirabai Chanu had returned to the National Capital from Tokyo with a silver medal.
Reigning world champion Sindhu, who had won a silver at the Rio Games five years ago, walked out of the Indira Gandhi International Terminal amid a round of applause from the airport staff. She was flanked by security officers and wearing a face mask.
The star Indian shuttler was received by Badminton Association of India (BAI) general secretary Ajay Singhania, along with other officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Sindhu and her Korean coach Park Tae-sang were also felicitated by Singhania at the airport.
“I am very happy and excited of course, every body congratulated me and I am thankful to BAI and everyone for supporting and encouraging me. It is an exciting day and happy moment,” Sindhu said.
By winning the bronze on Sunday, Sindhu became only the second Indian and first women athlete from the country to bag two Olympic medals.
The 26-year-old from Hyderabad defeated China’s He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal play-off.
Sindhu will be staying in Delhi for a day to attend functions on Wednesday.
Sindhu has become the only women and just the second athlete from India after wrestler Sushil Kumar to win medals at two Olympic Games. Her first medal – a silver – had come five years ago at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.