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New Delhi, 29 Jan : Badminton star Saina Nehwal took the political plunge on Wednesday by joining the ruling BJP.
Nehwal, who was honoured with India’s highest award for sporting excellence – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – joined the saffron party in the presence of BJP General Secretary Arun Singh.
Soon after joining, she said, “It’s pretty new for me. I would like to contribute for the betterment for India.” Heaping praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said he was an inspiration for her move to join the BJP.
Tendulkar wishes for quick recovery of Saina
New Delhi, 17 March : Saina Nehwal turned 29 on Sunday and wishes poured in from various quarters for the ace India shuttler.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar not only wished Saina but also expressed concer over the shuttler’s health as the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist had earlier said she was admitted to a hospital after being diagnosed with ‘acute gastroenteritis with mild pancreatitis’.
After crashing out of the All England Open badminton championships quarter-finals, Saina was forced to miss the Swiss Open 2019 due to the problem.
Wishing Saina, Tendulkar said on Twitter: “Happy birthday to our very own Olympic medalist, @NSaina. Hoping for your quick recovery so you can continue to inspire the youth.”
Meanwhile, male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and India women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal also wished the shuttler.
“Wishing you a very happy birthday, @NSaina. Have a smashing year ahead!,” Srikanth said.
“A very happy birthday @NSaina Wishing you a great and successful year ahead,” Rani wished.
Earlier, informing about her health, Saina had posted on instagram saying: “So some sad news. I was really going through acute stomach pain from last Monday. I managed to play few matches in All England with lot of pain and decided to skip Swiss Open and come back to India and find out the issue and I found out it’s Acute Gastroenteritis with mild pancreatitis and the doctors have recommended me to get admitted and hopefully I recover soon out of it.”
Sindhu & co look at India Open to bring cheer for fans
New Delhi, 17 March : The initial few months of 2019 haven’t gone well for the Indian shuttlers as the likes of P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikant and Parupalli Kashyap have failed to reproduce the magic they have shown in the last couple of seasons.
With the Indian shuttlers proving their mettle on the world stage, a lot was expected from them this year as well. But the start has left a lot to be desired as most of them have disappointed the fans after faltering in the first few tournaments this year.
In the three major tournaments held this year, Saina bagged the Indonesia Masters’ title as a knee injury forced Olympic champion Carolina Marin to withdraw from the big final. Marin was dominating the contest 10-4 before hurting her knee and that saw Saina benefit even though it looked at one stage that she would have been on the receiving end.
In the other two tournaments — the All England Open Badminton Championships and Malaysia Masters — Saina suffered defeats in the quarters and semis respectively.
Sindhu had ended the last year on a positive note as she defeated the then world number seven Nozomi Okuhara from Japan in the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou on December 16, becoming the first player from India to win the tournament.
The Rio Olympic silver medallist, however, failed to carry the momentum this year as she lost to Marin in the quarters of the Indonesia Masters before being knocked out in the opening round of the All England.
The scenario is pretty much similar for the men shuttlers too, as the two big names — Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth — also seem to follow the same path.
Kashyap had a poor outing in the three major tournaments as he lost in the Round of 16 on a couple of occasions — Spain Masters and Malaysia Masters. At the Indonesia Open, the 32-year-old faced an early exit after going down in the qualifiers.
Srikanth on the other hand, has performed slightly better after managing to reach the quarters of the three tournaments this year. He, however, has faltered in the knockout games, failing to puch his journey ahead.
Despite these disappointments, the top Indian shuttlers have a chance to leave the dismal memories behind and regain their form when the India Open kicks-off here from March 26.
The shuttlers will surely enjoy playing in front of their home crowd, a factor which has always been a motivating force behind any player in any sporting discipline.
All eyes will be on Sindhu, who had won the 2017 edition and was the runners-up of the 2018 edition. Srikanth and Saina will also spearhead the Indian challenge in the championship.
In women’s singles for India, Sindhu is seeded second while compatriot Saina has been seeded fifth.A
Apart from them, other shuttlers like Sameer Verma, Sai Praneeth, H.S. Prannoy and Subhankar Dey will also hope to utilise the home advantage and give the Indian badminton fans a reason to cheer.
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