File photo of Sreeja Akula.© Twitter
Sreeja Akula, who recently won a gold medal in the mixed-doubles table tennis event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi last Saturday. The 24-year-old Sreeja along with her partner Sharath Kamal won the coveted gold medal in the quadrangular event, becoming the first Indian pair to win a mixed doubles gold in Commonwealth Games history. Sreeja was among 31 athletes who made their Commonwealth Games debut, winning medals for India.
Speaking about being honored at the grand ceremony in New Delhi, Sreeja described it as a moment she can never forget. “It was an honor for me to meet PM Modi and hear his inspiring words. Being honored by him is a moment that I will always cherish. I am grateful for such a warm welcome and it keeps me working hard.” Inspires to keep,” he said.
Speaking at the felicitation ceremony, PM Narendra Modi said, “India’s daughters have made us proud. Medals won by all female athletes will inspire girls across India to join mainstream sports.”
He said, “I am grateful for the support he has given me in my journey, which allowed me to fulfill my dreams of winning a medal for the country on such a big stage. Whatever support and constant encouragement can be provided to me. I feel blessed. Just focus on my sport and my training without worrying about training equipment, medical facilities and travel issues. I am back to training soon to prepare for upcoming competitions Will come, and I look forward to making the country proud once again,” Sreeja said, in relation to the release issued on Friday.
Sreeja has reached the 77th position in the world rankings. She later became the national champion. Her consistent performances helped Sreeja earn an opportunity to compete in the Commonwealth Games 2022, where she made the country proud, winning her first gold medal in a marquee international event. Sreeja now wants to continue to improve her game and work harder to bring more respect to the country.
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