After making history at the Rio Olympics, Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik came back on Wednesday morning. A rousing state reception was accorded by the Haryana government to the Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik after she arrived this morning from Rio de Janeiro.
In Jhajjar district, Sakshi was welcomed by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar along with his senior cabinet colleagues Capt Abhimanyu and O P Dhankar, among others, welcomed the star athlete.
At the grand felicitation function at Bahadurgarh, Sakshi was handed a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore by the Chief Minister and was appointed as Haryana’s brand ambassador for ‘Beti Padhao-Beti Bachao’ programme.
She was felicitated by Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar upon her arrival in Bahadurgarh. Later in the morning, she was named the face of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ in Haryana.
“It is a proud moment for us that girls of the country have done so well. Our two daughters, Sakshi Malik and P V Sindhu (who won a silver medal at the Rio Games), have made the nation proud,” Khattar said.
He said that sportspersons from Haryana have once again made the country and their state proud.
Hailing ‘Beti Padhao-Beti Bachao’ scheme, Sakshi said, “Now we have added Beti Khilao (encourage girls to take up sports) to this.”
The 23-year-old was also honoured with a traditional ‘pagri’ at Bahadurgarh.
Sakshi, who opened India’s medal account at the Rio Games, will make multiple stops before she reaches her native village, Mokhra, later in the day.