Udupi : P Gururaja, Indian weightlifter from Kundapur who did the district proud by bagging the Silver medal in the men’s 56kg final with a total lift of 249kg at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast was accorded a rousing welcome by the Udupi district Administration on Thursday, April 19.
On behalf of the district administration, Dr. Roshan Kumar Shetty, Deputy Director for Sports and Youth Empowerment received P Gururaja at Mangalore International Airport where after he was taken in a special convoy of government cars to the Udupi Deputy Commissioner’s office at Manipal.
On arrival at DC’s office at Manipal, Priyanka Mary Francis along with Shivanand Kapasi CEO Zilla Panchayat, Anuradha, Additional DC welcomed and felicitated P Gururaja with a shawl, Mysuru Peta, Garland, fresh fruits and memento in the DC’s conference hall.
Speaking after felicitation, Gururaja expressed his happiness on having won the first medal for the country, on the very first day of the CWG. “I am very much happy to get grand welcome at home from the locals, friends and officials of various departments of the district. I am glad that everybody has supported me a lot in this journey. My next aim is to participate in the Asian Games and also win a medal in 2020 Olympics,” he said.
Priyanka Mary Francis said that it is great pround moment for all. P Gururaj is a role model for all the children and sportsmen in Udupi district and is Brand Ambassador for Election awareness in Udupi distirct, she added
Dr. Roshan Kumar Shetty welcomed, proposed vote of thanks and compered the programme