The country’s sporting fraternity, led by iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar hailed female wrestler Sakshi Malik for clinching a historic bronze to end India’s frustrating wait for a medal in the Rio Olympic Games.
Tendulkar praised Sakshi for her resilience in the women’s wrestling 58kg class and said that the country was proud of her feat.
“What great news to wake up to! #SakshiMalik, your resilience at #Rio2016 has made whole of India proud. Many Congratulations!!!” Tendulkar, who is also goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent at the Rio Games, said.
The country’s lone individual Olympic gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra lauded Sakshi for lifting the spirits of every Indian.
“Congratulations and felicitations to Sakshi Malik. What a great performance. Thank you for lifting the spirits of every Indian,” shooter Bindra, who won a gold in 10m air rifle event in 2008 Beijing Olympics, said.
“Admirable preparation by wrestler Sakshi Malik for the Rio Olympics. My best wishes are with her,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate her.
India’s limited overs cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tweeted, “Great comeback by Sakshi Malik to win our first medal in Rio. Determination and self belief are the key for a performance like this. Congratulation!
It was surprising to see the writer, Shobhaa De who was seen criticising the athletes in Rio also congratulated India’s medal winner. “And the first Rio medal for India goes to a WOMAN! Congrats Sakshi Malik,” she wrote
Probably the best tweet of the morning was put out by former India opener Virender Sehwag, who hit two birds with one stone: “Sakshi Malik is a reminder of what can happen if you don’t kill a girl child. When the going gets tough,its our girls who get going &save our pride.”
“Poora Bharat is baat ka Sakshi hai,jab koi bht mushkil ho toh is desh ki ladkiyan hi Malik hain.Thank U,” the former batsman wrote in another tweet.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur wrote on Twitter, “You did it #SakshiMalik, congratulations on winning & a brilliant performance @Olympics #Rio2016 !”
Cricket commemorator Harsha Bhogle wrote, “A medal! And a first for a woman wrestler! Hopefully, the first of many. Congratulations to the tough #SakshiMalik.”
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