New Delhi, Aug 31: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal felicitated Olympic medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik and handed over to them cheques of Rs 2 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively here on Wednesday.

Badminton player P.V. Sindhu had won a silver medal and wrestler Sakshi Malik bagged a bronze medal at the Rio Olympic games.

“You have set a high benchmark for the women, youth and sportspersons in India. P.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik have honoured the entire country,” Kejriwal said at the felicitation programme honouring the medallist.

Kejriwal also lauded the efforts of coaches and other participants at the Rio Olympics 2016 for their hard work and dedication.

“We are grateful to Sindhu and Sakshi’s coaches for guiding them through this success,” Kejriwal added.

Kejriwal also gave away cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to coaches Pullela Gopichand and Mandeep Singh for medallist Sindhu and Malik’s success.

While expressing her gratitude to the Chief Minister for encouraging sportspersons, Sindhu said, “It is a privilege to be here…

“When we were at Rio, we weren’t carrying our phones and had no idea what was happening at home. When we returned to India, everyone told us that they had been glued to their TV sets for our matches.” “Thank you for all the love and support,” she added.

Sindhu, a two-time World Championship bronze medallist is the first Indian shuttler to bag a historic silver after the Hyderabadi went down to Spain’s World No.1 Carolina Marin in the summit clash of the women’s singles category in Rio de Janeiro.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Indian badminton coach Pullela Gopichand with Rio Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and Sakshi M
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Indian badminton coach Pullela Gopichand with Rio Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and Sakshi M

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia offered direct promotion to Sakshi Malik’s father, Sukhbir Malik, who works as a bus conductor in the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

Meanwhile, Dipa Karmakar has been voted as the most inspiring Indian woman in India

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who was lauded for her performance at Rio Olympics, is the most inspiring Indian woman, according to

The matchmaking service recently conducted an online the survey to understand the definition of success for millennials.

In the survey “Indian woman who inspires the most”, shuttler P.V. Sindhu with 27.1 per cent votes rated behind Karmakar with 33.7 per cent votes.

Wrestler Sakshi Malik came in second with 27.4 per cent followed by Sindhu. Arundhati Bhattacharya came in fourth with 6.2 per cent votes.

About “Most Engaging Woman on Social Media”, 36.3 per cent voted for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, followed by 31.2 per cent for actress Priyanka Chopra and 17.4 per cent for tennis star Sania Mirza.

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