Based on Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik’s recent comment that she’d taken up wrestling because she wanted to fly in a plane, Air India’s chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani has made her a fabulous offer on behalf of his company. Sakshi Malik can now take a trip to any one of the international destinations the airline serves sometime in the next twelve months.
As a mark of our recognition and gratitude for your outstanding achievement in the Rio Olympics, Air India is proud to offer you two (for you and your companion) return business class tickets between any two destinations on the entire Air India network valid for a period of one year,” reads Lohani’s letter.
23-year Sakshi Malik on Wednesday became the focus of a nation’s adulation when she beat Kyrgysztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova to earn a bronze medal. “The entire Air India family is indeed proud that you have won the first medal for the country in the Rio Olympics. Indeed your victory has made all of us very happy,” Lohani wrote.
Air India’s reward won’t be the only one waiting for Sakshi when she returns home. She’s expected to collect at least Rs 3.5 crore from various organisations and individuals, including the Indian Olympics Association, the Sports Ministry and the Haryana government. As an Olympic medallist, she is also automatically entitled to a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, according to government policy.