Published: Mon, August 29, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Sachin Clicks Selfies, Presents India's Rio Champions With BMWs

Sachin Clicks Selfies, Presents India's Rio Champions With BMWs

Not just silver medal victor PV Sindhu and bronze medal victor Sakshi Malik were felicitated but even gymnast Deepa Karmakar who stood in fourth place in her debut Olympics was also felicitated.

Also present at the event was Hyderabad District Badminton Association President who gifted the cars to these players.

Under the guidance of Gopichand, Sindhu clinched the silver medal in womens singles, making her the first Indian woman sportsperson to win a silver in the Olympics. Dipa, who narrowly missed the third place at women's vault gymnastics, and Sindhu's coach Gopichand got white BMW X1 and 320d respectively.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who was present on the occasion, said, "All the Khel Ratna awardees, Arjuna awardees, Dhyanchand awardees, Dronacharya awardees, Tenzing Norgay awardees met Mr. Modi and they also included the two medallists from the Rio Olympics". He also complemented coach P Gopichand and said that the badminton coach is a "real hero" to inspire and motivate so many players.

"We are all with you to see many more wonderful moments in your career. You will keep us giving a number of occasions to celebrate", he said.

The former cricketer lauded them for their achievements and said, "I am proud to stand beside these sportspersons".

Tendulkar, India's Goodwill Ambassador at Rio, said, "The entire nation is happy at this moment and jumping with joy, there are greater things to come".

Upon receiving the keys of her BMW vehicle, Sindhu was delighted the legendary Indian batsman had kept a promise he once made to her. "That happened today. I thank Sachin sir and Chamundi sir for gifting me a vehicle", she said. "In the upcoming tournaments, definitely I will get laurels for the country", promised the Hyderabad shuttler.

And Modi met both the medallist PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik at the Prime Minister's official residence.

Tendulkar said the 23-year-old gymnast "won the hearts of the people of the country with her stupendous show".

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