Daijiworld Media Network – Kundapur (MS)
Kundapur, Dec 8: Satish Kharvi, who won gold medal in the commonwealth powerlifting championship that was held at Auckland, capital of New Zealand, was given rousing welcome as he returned back to native place on Wednesday.
Satish Kharvi, who went to Dharmasthala and took darshan of Lord Manjunatha and sought blessings of Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra D Heggade, was welcomed in a grand manner as he arrived to Kundapur Shastri Circle. Taluk administration, various organizations, members of Konkani-Kharvi community, public and fans were present in large numbers.
A grand procession was held from Shastri Circle in decorated vehicle through the main streets of the town. Chende drums and trumpets accompanied the procession.
Speaking on the occasion, prof Kothadi Umesh Shetty, Principal of Dr B B Hegde first grade college, said, “Congratulations to Satish Kharvi for winning gold medal at the international level and flying the flag of India high and making the people of Kundapur proud. Let many more achievements be done by you. We are all proud to felicitate the achiever who has increased the respect and pride of India.”
Entrepreneurs Ravi T Naik and Shreeshan also spoke during the programme. Members of town municipality Shekhara Poojary, V Prabhakara, Taluk Youth services and sports officers Kusumakar Shetty and retired bank employee Subhash Kharvi were present.
Former vice president of town municipality Rajesh Cauvery did the introductory speech. City JCI founder president Hussain Haikadi welcomed the gathering. The programme was compered by Harshavardhan Kharvi.
Receiving the felicitation, Satish Kharvi said, “I am grateful to the felicitation offered and the regards that the people of my native place have shown on me. I have created national record in deadlift category and was eager to achieve personal record in commonwealth. I had made all preparations in that respect. But I could not lift the proposed weight due to extreme cold conditions of Auckland. Even then I am happy for getting one gold each in Bench Press, silver and four gold medals in powerlifting.”