Chandigarh, Apr 8 (PTI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today congratulated India’s teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker for winning the women’s 10m air pistol gold medal at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast.
“Manu Bhaker produced a stunning performance. I congratulate her for winning the gold and bringing glory to the state and the country. We are proud of our daughter,” Khattar said.
Haryana’s Sports Minister Anil Vij also congratulated Manu on winning gold at the CWG while Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu wished her all the very best for future.
Meanwhile, celebrations broke out at Manu’s native village in Jhajjar district.
“Winning gold medal in Commonwealth Games is a great achievement. We are very proud of her. I cannot express my happiness in words,” said her father Ramkishen Bhaker, who was busy handling the guests and receiving congratulatory telephone calls since morning.
The 16-year-old Class XI student grabbed the women’s 10m air pistol gold medal while Heena Sidhu staged a stirring comeback to bag silver at the 21st Commonwealth Games.
“Sweets were distributed in the village after we got the news of her winning the gold medal,” he said.
“She has filled the youngsters of her age with enthusiasm who now want to emulate her,” Ramkishen said.
Manu had won multiple gold medals at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico and the subsequent Junior World Cup in Sydney. The event in Mexico was also a maiden appearance for the young girl.
Ramkishen, who is an engineer, said that he has always encouraged his two children to follow their dreams.
Manu’s mother too is proud of her daughter and she says she is planning to cook some of her favourite dishes when the shooter returns to home on April 16.
Heena Sidhu’s father Rajbir Sidhu said that he was very happy that both Manu and Heena have brought laurels for the nation.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.