PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu was conferred on Monday with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna AwardReuters

Olympic champion PV Sindhu arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, on Monday where hundreds of people received her with a warm welcome. 

The crowd cheered for the silver medallist, who was accompanied by her coach Pullela Gopichand. Sindhu was greeted by her parents P V Ramana and P Vijaya. Many top politicians including Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali were also present at the airport to receive the badminton ace.

Sindhu and Gopichand are currently travelling in an open double-decker bus, which has been commissioned by the Telangana government from Mumbai. The duo is set on a victory rally to the Gachibowli stadium.

Telangana government has organised a huge felicitation to honour Sindhu for her achievement at the Rio Olympics 2016. The shuttler was seen displaying her silver medal and waving at the crowd as the victory rally began.

14:50 p.m. IST

Olympic medalist addresses a press conference at the Gopichand Badminton Academy.

1:35 p.m. IST

Ace shuttler PV Sindhi speaks at the felicitation ceremony, thanks everyone for their gracious welcome and support.

1:15 p.m. IST

Coach P Gopichand and PV Sindhu felicitated at the Gachibowli stadium.

1:17 p.m. IST

PV Sindhus's felitication ceremony starts at Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad.

12:50 p.m. IST

People at the city stadium take pictures and selfies with PV Sindhu and Gopichand.

12:45 p.m. IST

PV Sindhu greeted with bouquets and warm hugs as she arrives in the stadium for the felicitation ceremony.

12:40 p.m. IST

PV Sindhu's motorcade finally arrives at the stadium; the duo is greeted with loud cheer at Gachibowli.

11:51 a.m. IST

PV Sindhu and Coach Gopichand wave at the crowd as their motorcade nears the Gachibowli stadium where a grand ceremony has been organised for the duo.


11:37 a.m. IST

People line the streets to cheer for Sindhu as she travels to the city stadium for the felicitation ceremony.

Sindhu, along with wrestler Sakshi Malik, made India proud and won a silver and a bronze medal respectively as the Rio Olympics came to an end. Sindhu made history and became the first Indian woman to clinch a silver at the Olympics.

The Gachibowli stadium is gearing up to welcome the star shuttler as hundreds await, including school students, to get a glimpse of her.

 School students and city residents cheer Sindhu with welcome posters as her motorcade passes by towards the stadium. Minister KT Rama Rao is scheduled to receive Sindhu on her arrival at Gachibowli.