New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel on Friday announced cash awards of Rs 5 lakh each to Rio Olympics medallists — shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik.

“AIFFMedia expresses its support and solidarity to the sporting fraternity for doing India proud. We award Rs five lakh each to Sindhu and Sakshi,” Patel tweeted.

“They make us proud. Their achievements inspire the entire Nation,” Patel said in another congratulatory message.

World No.10 Sindhu settled for the silver after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.

The silver took India’s medal tally to two after wrestler Sakshi Malik settled for the bronze in the 58 kilogram Freestyle category on Wednesday.

With their feats, both Sindhu and Sakshi scripted history as the Hyderabadi shuttler became the first ever Indian woman to win an Olympic silver while the Haryana-born became the first-ever Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal.

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