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Sakshi Malik returns from Rio. Haryana throws a grand welcome for their Olympic star

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 August 2016, 10:19 IST

Olympic star wrestler Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze at Rio, returned to India on 24 August.

"Aa rahi hoon main, apne des apne ghar! (I am coming back, to my country, to my home)," Sakshi tweeted a few hours before her arrival.

She was received by Haryana government officials at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, where she landed at around 3:50 am. The star wrestler was welcomed with cheers and celebration at the airport. Dancers and musicians decked in traditional wear waited to welcome her outside the IGI airport.

Dancers wait to welcome Malik outside IGI (Photo: ANI)

"I can't believe the grand reception my daughter got at airport, its a proud moment," her father Satbir told ANI.

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"Want to thank everyone for their support, hope to continue to receive such support in future as well," she told ANI.

"Was my biggest dream to win a medal for India at #Olympics,was preparing for this for last 12 years... Poore Hindustan ne mera saath diya hai, main sab ko thank you kehna chahti hoon," she said.

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Watch her speak to reporters at her arrival in Delhi here:

After interacting with the media at Delhi, Malik traveled on to her home state of Haryana, where she was felicitated at Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district by CM Manohar Lal Khattar and other dignitaries.

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Khattar felicitates Malik at Bahadurgarh (Photo: ANI)

School children waving the tiranga waited to welcome Malik at the entrance to the reception, as fans and well wishers thronged the area to cheer her on.

School children wait to receive Malik in Haryana (Photo: ANI)

Khattar also handed over a cash award of Rs 2.5 crore at the event. Malik will be felicitated at a function at her hometown, Rohtak, later in the evening.

On the way from Bahadurgarh to Rohtak, Malik will also make a few stopovers at the villages on the way.

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First published: 24 August 2016, 10:19 IST