VIJAYAWADA: The day after badminton player P V Sindhu won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, the state government decided to reward her with a gift of `3 crore, a 1,000 square yard of house site in Amaravati and a Group I officer’s post.
Speaking to mediapersons after the cabinet meeting on Saturday, the Chief Minister said Sindhu has made not only Andhra Pradesh but also the entire nation proud by her feat in Rio. “Had the IMG (an international sports management company) academy come up in Hyderabad as we desired in 2004, she would have easily won the gold in the Olympics since IMG is the best sports infrastructure company,” Naidu said.
He recalled his efforts to bring in IMG. “If IMG had come to Hyderabad, not only Sindhu but sportsmen and women in other sports too would have brought medals for India from Rio,” he said and pointed out.
“If the Centre helps, I am ready to host the Olympics in Amaravati,” he said, recalling how he conducted the National Games in Hyderabad in 2002 and the Afro-Asian Games in 2003 and how the Centre bungled the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, bringing disrepute to the nation.
“What makes me happy is that Sindhu trained at the badminton academy of Pullela Gopichand for which his government had allotted land. In fact, there were attempts by the successor government to take back a portion of the land but it could not do it,” he said, disapproving of the ways of the Y S Rajasekhar Reddy dispensation which succeeded him. The chief minister said the cabinet also sanctioned Rs. 50 lakh to Gopichand who trained and coached Sindhu.