Recently crowned World Champion and Rio Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu got the Andhra Pradesh government’s assurance to set up a badminton academy in Visakhapatnam.
The 24-year-old met the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in his office in Vijayawada on Friday. On meeting him, she expressed her desire to set up a badminton academy. The Chief Minister responded positively, assuring Sindhu that the Government will allocate five acres of land for the same. In fact, Reddy has already directed the officials concerned to initiate the proceedings. Should the proposal materialise, it will be the first of its kind to come up in Andhra Pradesh post-state bifurcation.
Earlier in the day, the ace shuttler was received warmly by the state government at the airport upon her arrival. Sindhu, along with her parents, Sports Minister Muthamsetty Srinivas and other sports officials, met the Chief Minister. After the meeting, Sindhu went on to express her gratitude towards the state government. She thanked the Chief Minister and his government for responding positively to her request.
Later, addressing the media, Sindhu said that the Chief Minister congratulated her and wished her to do well in the future.
She said, “He not only promised all support but also promised to provide five acres of land and needed support.”
When asked about her nomination for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, she said, “It is not yet confirmed. If I get the award, it will definitely be a proud moment for me.”
Minister for Sports M Srinivas Rao was quoted saying, “We all wish her to do well and win the gold medal in the ensuing Olympics. On our part, we extend every possible support to her.”
Later on in the day, Sindhu met with the Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan at Raj Bhavan, where she was felicitated.
Saumya Rastogi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv