Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medallist Sreeja Akula revealed her delight in meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi by referring to it as a moment she will never forget. The 24-year-old won the mixed doubles competition alongside veteran Sharath Kamal Achanta in the recently concluded CWG 2022.
The pair created history at the quadrennial event as they became the first Indian team to win the gold in mixed doubles. As a result of the brilliant performance, Akula climbed up to 77 in the world rankings. Following the historic feat, Akula revealed that her aim now is to carry this momentum forward and make India proud at future events.
After being felicitated at a grand event in New Delhi, Sreeja Akula described her interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi by stating, "It was an honour for me to meet with PM Modi and to hear his inspiring words. Being felicitated by him is one moment I will cherish forever. I am grateful for such a warm welcome and it gives me the motivation to continue the hard work."
She then went on to thank everyone who helped her achieve this historic feat by adding, "I am thankful for all the support they gave me in my journey which allowed me to fulfil my dreams of winning medals for the country on such a big platform. With all the support and constant encouragement being provided to me I feel blessed as I can just focus on my sport and my training without worrying about training equipment, medical facilities and travel issues. I will return to training soon to prepare for the upcoming competitions, and I look forward to making the nation proud once again."
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was leading the felicitation for all the athletes that made India proud at CWG 2022 added, "The daughters of India, have made us proud. The medals won by all female athletes will inspire girls across India to join mainstream sports."
"We congratulate the entire Indian contingent on a great showing at CWG and are thrilled that one of our own athletes has brought glory to the nation. Sreeja is an immensely talented, highly dedicated and a determined paddler. We are proud that our program ‘One Dream One Lakshya’ has played a role in Sreeja's win and career trajectory. She is setting a great example for all upcoming athletes. This is just the start of her journey, and we are confident that Sreeja will go on to achieve bigger milestones," congratulating Sreeja on her performance at the CommonWealth Games, Bhavit Sheth, COO & Co-Founder, Dream Sports, said.