Gagan Narang, Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Sania Mirza during a State
reception to honour Commonwealth Games medal winners in Hyderabad on Saturday.
was a touching felicitation function put up by the State Government which not
only honoured all the medallists from the State in the recent Delhi
Commonwealth Games and also the coaches who helped them in bringing laurels.
Significantly all the medallists except Chetan Anand,
shooter Asher Noria and athlete Abdul Najeeb Qureshi made it to the function at
Jubilee Halls on Saturday evening.
The gold medallists were given Rs. 10 lakh each, the
silver medallists Rs. 7.5 lakh and the bronze medallists Rs. 5 lakh each. The
coaches were presented Rs. 50,000 each.
“This is a red-letter day in the history of Andhra
Pradesh. Even, while I congratulate all these champions and the coaches on this
occasion, let us not forget at this moment of triumph and celebration the
sacrifices these outstanding athletes make for the sake of country. All for the
noble cause to be stars in their own way,” Governor of Andhra Pradesh E. S. L.
Narasimhan remarked. “It is time we cultivate sports culture and make sports
compulsory to see more and more champions bring laurels to the country,” he
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said it was an honour for him to
be present and felicitate these great sportspersons. “During my childhood, we
had school grounds. Now you have a school on the third floor and a college on
the fourth floor.
The rule that every school and college must have
playground remains only on paper. This is a pity,” he lamented. “The likes of
Gagan, Saina, Sania, Jwala proved that we have abundance of talent in our own
State ,” he remarked.
“It is a fantastic feeling to be here and I am honoured
with the government gesture,” remarked Sania Mirza who was seen cracking jokes
with badminton star Saina Nehwal and fellow medallists. Gagan felt ‘at home' at
the function which enabled him to meet the other champions from the State.