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Amid Telangana and Andhra Pradesh debates, Coach Pullela Gopichand says Sindhu is Indian

PV Sindhu's Mentor Pullela Gopichand Said That Sindhu Belongs To India Whereas Andhra Pradesh And Telangana Claimed Sindhu As Their Own.

PTI | Updated on: 23 Aug 2016, 09:49:52 AM


PV Sindhu's mentor Pullela Gopichand said that Sindhu belongs to India whereas Andhra Pradesh and Telangana claimed Sindhu as their own. 

When a reporter sought Sindhu’s views on the bragging rights, Gopichand jumped in to try and put an end to the regional controversy by simply stating, “Well, I can only say she (Sindhu) belongs to India.”

Gopichand said it’s great that various governments are praising and supporting her.

“We should celebrate the fact that all of them (states) want to be part of the celebration and support us.”

Telangana government today accorded a rousing reception and felicitated Sindhu and Gopichand at Gachibowli Stadium after their arrival from Rio. Andhra Pradesh government also has plans to honour them in a grand way.

Significantly, when Sindhu and Gopichand landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International airport, some ministers from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were present to welcome her.

At the felicitation event at the stadium, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd. Mahamood Ali described Sindhu as “Telangana’s pride”, while Home Minister N Narasimha Reddy called her “Telangana Ammayi (girl)”.

“Because of our Sidhu, Telangana’s name shone in the entire world”, Ali said.

Andhra Pradesh government had announced a cash reward of Rs three crore after she won the silver medal at Rio on Saturday. However, within hours Telangana government went a step ahead and decided to give her Rs five crore.


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First Published : 23 Aug 2016, 09:38:00 AM