Fort City Honours its Golden Boy With Weighty Welcome

Published: 13th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2014 12:44 PM   |  A+A-


VELLORE: A rousing reception was given on Tuesday by the people of Sathuvachari here to  Sathish Kumar Sivalingam, gold medalist in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow.

When he arrived here from Chennai, locals here, led by the Vellore weight lifters association, gave him a grand reception.

A large number of youngsters congratulated Sathish and took him around the locality in a procession, amidst the blaring sound of bursting crackers.

While some people performed the aarthi ritual for him, others lifted the champion on their shoulders and took him around the streets. A similar reception was given to him at the Government Weightlifting centre at Sathuvachari, where he had been trained right from his younger days. Another reception was accorded to him by parents and relatives in a private marriage hall.

Sathish, accompanied by his parent and mentor Sivalingam, Arjuna awardee Muthu, coach Nagarajan and Vellore district sports officer Pugalendhi, met Collector R Nanthagopal later in his office. The Collector while congratulating the champion on his accomplishment, complemented him with a memento.

Speaking to reporters, Sathish said, he was very happy to have won the gold for the country at the Commonwealth Games. “I must thank the Indian government and the State government for their support and encouragement,” he said adding, this had motivated him to work towards more victories and milestones in his career. “I am sure I will work hard to bring more medals for the country,” he added.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp