PM Modi hosts national sports awardees

PM Modi hosts national sports awardees

PM Modi hosts national sports awardees

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hosted the National Sports awardees, including Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu and bronze winner Sakshi Malik, at his 7 Race Course Road residence here.

The PM greeted the athletes on the eve of the National Sports Day. Besides shuttler Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi, ace shooter Jitu Rai and trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar were also in attendance.

All the four athletes will be conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by President Pranab Mukherjee here on Monday.

 “I showed him my medal and he was very happy. He congratulated me and said you did really well and made the country proud. That really made my day. It was a pleasure talking to him and I felt very happy,” said Sindhu.

When asked what did the Prime Minister told her, Sakshi said: “Prime Minister told me maarna mat mujhe (I hope you won’t hit me). I told him that we wrestlers are very aggressive on the mat, but off it, we are very soft hearted.”

The 23-year-old Sakshi, who was sporting a ‘Rio 2016’ pendent, said it was gifted to her by Gopichand’s sister in Hyderabad earlier in the day.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who was also present on the occasion, said: “All the Sports aeards winners for this year met the Prime Minister today.”