Malik, the Indian wrestler, who brought home the first medal from Rio Olympics this season touched many hearts when she said she chose sports as a profession so she could fly.

It seems the remark has also ‘touched’ national carrier Air India and its chief  Ashwani Lohani.

So much so it has offered two complimentary business class tickets for Sakshi and her companion.

Lohani remarked in a letter addressed to India bronze girl, “Air India is indeed proud to offer you two(for you and your companion) return business class between any two destinations of the entire Air India network valid for a period of one year.”


Meanwhile, it’s goodies showering on her. Both Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments have promised three crore rupees each even as Ministry of Railways has promoted her.

Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij, who is in Rio and witnessed the bronze medal match, congratulated Sakshi for winning the country its first medal.

Vij said that the Haryana government would honour Sakshi Malik with a cash award of Rs 2.5 crore as per its sports policy.

Sakshi is also likely to be offered a job by the state government.

“She has made the state and country proud. I hope that other sportspersons of the state would also prove their mettle in the coming events by winning medals,” Vij said on Thursday.

Sakshi emerged as the first Indian woman wrestler to bag an Olympic medal by clinching bronze in the 58-kg category of Women’s Freestyle Wrestling.

The gritty wrestler is from Haryana’s Rohtak district.

When many of India’s top athletes kept missing podium finishes, the 23-year-old wrestler from Rohtak rose to the occasion.

Before flying down to Brazil, Sakshi had no idea what a career in wrestling could give her in the future. She took to wrestling for she wanted to travel in an aeroplane. Yes! All that she wanted to do was to train hard so that she could sit in a flight and travel the globe.