Mumbai: Car manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. on Thursday felicitated Rio Olympic silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu and bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik.
Both athletes were presented with the keys of its 4X4 Thar off-roader car, according to a release.
Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics while Sakshi won a bronze medal in the 58 kilogram category of women’s wrestling. The 23-year old is the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
Speaking at the felicitation ceremony, Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said: “It is my pleasure to felicitate Sindhu and Sakshi with the Mahindra Thar as they put India on the global map with their historic victory. Built to take on anything from bad roads to bad weather, the legendary off-roader Thar is a perfect match to our Olympic stars and aptly complements their ability to boldly take on competition. Today, they have become role models for the youth in India who want to excel not just in sports but in any arena.”
“Fighting all odds to come out on top, they symbolise the go anywhere spirit of the Thar and hence it is an ideal vehicle for our Olympic stars to make a personalised statement,” he added.
While receiving the keys to the vehicle, Sindhu said: “I am thankful to Mahindra for recognising my efforts and encouraging me to excel in future matches.”