RIO 2016

From cash to cars, rewards pour in for Sindhu

PTI8_19_2016_000338B Sindhu won the historic silver medal at Rio Olympics | PTI

As praises and congratulatory messages pour in for Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, who won the historic silver medal at the Rio Olympics, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reward the ace shuttler with Rs 3 crores.

The state government has also decided to reward her with a Group 1 services job and a 1000 yards land in Amaravati. Pullela Gopichand, the coach of Sindhu, will be given Rs 50 lakhs.

Sindhu will receive a BMW car from V. Chamundeshwarnath, president of Hyderabad District Badminton Association. Chamundeshwarnath had gifted a BMW to Saina Nehwal when she won a bronze in 2012 Olympics and vowed to gift one to Sindhu if she won a medal.

“Before the Rio Olympics started, I had said that if anyone from Telangana or Andhra Pradesh wins a medal I will gift a BMW. I am glad, I will be presenting one to Sindhu soon,’’ said Chamundeshwarnath.

Ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who handed over the BMW from Chamundeshwarnath to Saina Nehwal in August 2012, is also likely to hand over the car to Sindhu next month.

Meanwhile, Telangana government has announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore to the player and might also gift some land to her.

The Badminton Association of India has announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh for Sindhu and Rs 10 lakh for Gopichand. The All India Football Federation will give Rs 5 lakh each for both Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.

The Madhya Pradesh government has also announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh for Sindhu.

A Vijayawada-based top jewellery showroom chain plans to rope in Sindhu as their brand ambassador. It is said that several builders now want her to promote their prestigious ventures in IT corridor.

Mahindra and Mahindra will gift one of their famous SUVs of Sindhu’s choice to the shuttler.

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