The wonder girls of India PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik have made the country proud in the Olympics by earning a silver medal and a bronze medal for themselves. Their victory has been the talk of the country and such victory does not go without grand congratulatory messages. Air India has made a congratulatory gesture to the two athletes by promising six business or domestic flight tickets to Sindhu and two business class tickets to Malik to take a trip to any international location that the airline serves.
It all started after Malik finished her match on Wednesday against Kyrgysztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova to earn a bronze medal. She made a comment in an interview that she took up wrestling only because she wanted to fly in a plane. Her wish was duly noted by Air India Chairman and Managing Director, Ashwani Lohani who discussed it with his team and extended her a trip for two to any international locales where Air India serves in the next one year.
“As a mark of our recognition and gratitude for your outstanding achievement in the Rio Olympics, Air India is proud to offer you two (for you and your companion) return business class tickets between any two destinations on the entire Air India network valid for a period of one year,” reads Lohani’s letter for Malik.
Lohani further wrote that the entire Air India family is proud that she has won the first medal in the Rio Olympics and that her victory has made them all very happy.
This is not the only gesture that Malik has received though. Cumulatively an amount of Rs. 3.5 crores is speculated to be given to her by various organisations and individuals which comprises of the Indian Olympic Association, Haryana Government and the Sports Ministry. Further, both she and Sindhu have also become eligible for the Khel Ratna Award after winning at the Olympics as per the Indian government policy.
This entire week has been quite overwhelming for both Sindhu and Sakshi, who first won the first silver in women’s individual badminton and first medal this year at Olympics respectively. What can we say, these two achievers totally deserve it!
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