Gold medalist Sreeja Akula receives a grand welcome at Hyderabad airport – ThePrint – ANIFeed
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]Aug 11 (ANI): Table tennis gold medalist Sreeja Akula, who won mixed doubles gold with Achanta Sharath Kamal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, received a warm welcome at the airport on Wednesday of Hyderabad on his arrival from Birmingham.
Telangana Sports Minister V Srinivas Goud warmly welcomed Sreeja Akula who arrived at Shamshabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad for the first time after winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Indian mixed doubles duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal won the gold medal in the mixed doubles final at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Akula said she was grateful to the Telangana government and her coach for teaching her everything.
“As I won an international medal for our country, I am very happy with my achievement. I am very grateful to CM KCR, KTR and the Minister of Sports for helping our association, this is how it helped me. helped me get to where I am today. I am grateful to the Telangana government and my coach for teaching me everything,” said Sreeja Akula as she won the gold medal.
Speaking to the media, the sports minister said sports are growing in the state with the blessing of the chief minister lplmlkbtyy.
“Even Nikhat Zarin, who won gold, reached this stage with the help of the government. Even Sreeja was given the best coach who could bring out the best in her and we believe she will bring gold to the Olympics as well,” he said.
Indian table tennis duo of Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula recorded a 3-1 win over Malaysian pair of Javen Choong and Karen Lyne 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6.
Aces paddlers Kamal and Akula were at their best during the game as they crushed their opponent 11-4 in the opening games and didn’t really allow the Malaysian players to be in an advantage position.
The second game of the match saw the Malaysian paddlers put up a fierce fight and a stunning comeback against the Indians to win the second game by 11-9.
Kamal and Akula bounced back quickly to play aggressive shots as the Indians won the game by a margin of 11-5. In the fourth game, the Indian duo won 11-6.
In the decisive game, both teams tried their best to take the lead. The decider was hotly contested as both teams were unwilling to give up any points, but the Indian paddlers played with quick moves as they won the match and the gold medal by 3-1.
Earlier, Indian men’s doubles duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won the silver medal in the men’s doubles final at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The Indian pair took silver after losing to Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford of England 11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-7, 4-11. (ANI)
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