Sakshi Malik, the Indian wrestler who won a bronze medal at Rio Olympics 2016, has been named as the brand ambassador of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' (save daughter, educate daughter) programme in Indian state of Haryana. The programme that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015 deals with the issue of the distorted child sex ratio in the country.
Haryana Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij made the announcement on Wednesday (24 August) as Malik returned to India after making her country proud at Rio.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was present at the Indira Gandhi International airport, Delhi to welcome the Olympic star. He announced a reward of rupees 25m (£281716) for her.
"It is a proud moment for us that girls of the country have done so well. Our two daughters, Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu [who won a silver medal at the Rio Games], have made the nation proud," Khattar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The chief minister mentioned the importance of women athletes in sports. Khattar also added that he had offered a government job to Malik.
Sakshi thanked everyone for their support and best wishes.
"I want everyone to support me in future as well so that I can win more medals for my country," she said.
She hailed 'Beti Padhao-Beti Bachao' scheme and said, "Now we have added Beti Khilao (encourage girls to take up sports) to this."
After winning the bronze in Olympics, Malik has become the first Indian woman to win a medal in the 58kg freestyle event.