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Tokyo Games bronze medallist Sindhu returns to warm reception

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August 04, 2021 00:16 IST
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Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist PV Sindhu and her coach Park Tae-Sang welcomed by the general secretary of Badminton Association of India, Ajay Singhania, in Delhi, on Tuesday

IMAGE: Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist PV Sindhu and her coach Park Tae-Sang welcomed by the general secretary of Badminton Association of India, Ajay Singhania, in Delhi, on Tuesday. Photograph: ANI

The only Indian woman to win two Olympic medals, shuttler P V Sindhu on Tuesday received a warm welcome on her return to the country after claiming a bronze at the Tokyo Games.

Reigning world champion Sindhu, who had won a silver at the Rio Games five years ago, walked out of the Indira Gandhi International Terminal, flanked by security officers, amid a round of applause from the airport staff.

 

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, everybody 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.

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