“I seem to have broken the protocol but I simply do not mind that” beamed the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh as thousands of students and citizens of Vijayawada and AP watched. P V Sindhu was welcomed in full and deserving grandeur by the people of her ‘mother’land. Simply put, the phrase ‘whole nine yards’ does not even come close to describe the feeling.
CM Sri N Chandrababu Naidu may have been totally held up with the ongoing Krishna Pushkarams, but he made it a point to personally receive India’s daughter who made the country proud by bringing back silver at the least this year’s Olympics. Sindhu may not have won the Gold technically, but she has already won millions of hearts with her golden performance with the game.
Mr Naidu was elated at her achievements and particularly praised her coach, Pullela Gopichand to have made such a thing possible. “I have told him years ago that he has to build the next Olympic champs and he is doing a splendid job already” said the CM, asking the students to follow such great examples in life.
Vijayawada went into a full celebration mode and cheered for the Telugu Ammai who has her maternal roots in the city. “I used to come here and practice while visiting my grandparents, and that is the reason why Vijayawada remains special to me. So many priceless memories are coming back” said Sindhu as the audience revelled at her presence on the podium.
Gopichand looked on as the members on the Dias spoke about what a spectacular coach he is and has been ever since. Other athletes from the state who have showcased their mettle were also invited and honored for their contribution to the nation. The CM made it a point to encourage them along with Sindhu. “I will always support and encourage those who work on their dream with determination” Mr Naidu said, adding that it is totally sane to shell out whatever money it takes to build such champions for the country. He shared his plans to build ‘Sports City’ in Amaravati and other prime cities in the state to continue encouraging promising athletes.
The state is proud to have Sindhu back with great laurels and befitting glory. Here is wishing her more in the days to come.