Sports Minister felicitates shuttlers
To recognise the medal-winning performances of P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal at the World badminton championship last weekend, Sports Minister Vijay Goel played host to the two ladies, K. Srikanth, P. Gopi Chand and Vimal Kumar on Thursday afternoon.
The large number of mediapersons were not allowed to ask questions of the players and coaches.
Amidst indications that the cold war between Gopi Chand and Saina was over, Vimal picked his high-point of the year. He recalled two Indians playing the men’s final of a super series event (Singapore Open). Describing badminton as the “second most popular sport in the country,” Vimal acknowledged, “We are getting a lot of support from the Government.”
A little earlier, Gopi went on to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Sports Minister for their support. Sindhu, Saina and Srikanth took turns to express their gratitude.
Given the active monsoon this year in the capital, the idea to hold an outdoor function was always going to be risky.
Nearly half an hour after the scheduled time, Vimal and Srikanth arrived ahead of the others. Precisely at this moment the light drizzle turned into a downpour.
Over a 100 mediapersons, including a good number from the electronic media, hurriedly took care of their equipment and rushed to the main building.
Soon Sindhu arrived, accompanied by her father, just ahead of Saina and Gopi.
A few minutes later, in a small adjoining hall, the ‘felicitation function’ was held. The host was happy and those honoured, with a small trophy, were not complaining.