- Vijayawada echoes with Sindhu…Sindhu…
- Warm welcome at her mother’s place
Vijayawada: PV Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand landed in Vijayawada by a special flight for celebrations on Tuesday. A large number of students and fans were lined up on either side of the road to welcome the champ as she emerged from the airport.
Standing in a specially decorated open-top double-decker bus with her coach, parents, sister Divya, and some ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Sindhu waved at the huge crowd. She kept displaying her Olympic medal proudly.
Amid the drum beats, the victory rally began around 10.30 am. It passed through different parts of the city before reaching Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, where Mr Naidu greeted her.
PV Sindhu gamely played some shots on stage with Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu in the event.
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Sindhu, her coach and their families are reportedly keen to take a holy dip in river Krishna and visit a temple in Pushkar.
Both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana claim that 21-year-old Sindhu belongs to them and so the star athlete has to participate in double celebrations. Coach Gopichand yesterday said that “Sindhu belongs to India,” which her parents have endorsed.
Sindhu’s father PV Ramana is from Telangana and her mother, P Vijaya, is from Andhra Pradesh.
After a 33-hour-long journey back home from Rio in Brazil where this year’s Olympics were held, Sindhu and Gopichand went straight from Hyderabad airport to the city stadium, where they spent hours at the celebrations organised by the Telangana government. The day stretched and ended late with a meeting with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
Both states have announced big cash rewards and prime residential land and have offered Sindhu a government job.