For Kidambi Srikanth this monsoon is different, most fruitful. It’s reigning success, honours and rewards for the Guntur boy.
Global recognition and honours for the giant killer Srikanth are followed by a ‘State honour’ by the Andhra Pradesh government. The Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has presented him with a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh and a 1,000 square yard plot of land in the Amravati region.
The Chief Minister, at the felicitation function at Tummalapalli Kalakshetrama, also offered Srikanth a Group 1 officer’s post in the State government, while congratulating him for back to back Super Series titles. Srikanth is presently working with Indian Oil Corporation as an assistant manager. “If he is keen to take a State government job, he can take an offer as a Grade 1 officer,” the Chief Minister said. The Group 1 post is equivalent to a Collector or DM’s office.
Srikanth has gone up the rank from a doubles talented prodigy to be among the world’s best men’s singles player, training at the Pullela Gopichand Academy at Hyderabad. The CM also made a mention about P Gopichand, the man behind Srikanth’s phenonenol success coach. The CM had also honoured Gopichand with a piece of land at Hyderabad, where the academy has created world beaters like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Srimath, HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth.
“On the land I gave, Gopi built an academy and nurtured it as one of the best in the world and produced several champion shuttlers like Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth and Prannoy. I want Srikanth to play for Andhra Pradesh,” Naidu said.
Srikanth, thanked the CM for the honour, while recognising the honour, “I have always played for Andhra Pradesh and I will continue to play for the State”.
Srikanth has earlier been awared Rs 5 lakh each by the Badminton Association of India president Hemanta Biswa Sarma for his Indonesia and Australia Open title triumphs and a Mahindra TUV 300 by Anand Mahindra.
Rio Olympics medallist PV Sindhu too has been offered a Group 1 officer’s post by the State, which the bandminton princess has reportedly accepted. In eight to nine years’ time, a grade one officer will rise to the Indian Administrative services cadre.