Sports Minister recommends Saina for Padma Bhusan Award on Monday


After the rejection of Indian female Shuttler, Saina Nehwal for reputable award, Padma Bhushan by the Sports Ministry, On Monday, Indian female shuttler Saina Nehwal’s name was recommended for Padma Bhushan Award by Sports Ministry. Saina’s name will also be sent on as a particular case as similar to wrestler Sushil Kumar’s name.

As TeCake reported on Sunday, “Badminton Association of India (BAI) had suggested her name to the Sports Ministry in August, 2014. Ministry decided to pick two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar as they sensed he was a more worthy person to get this prestigious award.”

However, Government sources said that 24-year old Saina have no chance to get this award this year but if there is one chance to consider her name which is name of Saina for this prestigious award recommended by anyone from Home Minister, Prime Minister, President and Vice-President.

Later on Sunday, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal replied to the criticism made by Saina and said that they had not got any nomination from BAI (Badminton Association of India) prior to January 3, 2015. They also responded to Sushil’s selection by adding, “Sushil Kumar, a two times Olympian and medal winner, was recommended on merit. Nothing more should be read into it.”

The ministry told in a statement, “In view of the achievements of Ms Saina Nehwal, the department of sports has decided to recommend her case for Padma Bhushan to the Ministry of Home Affairs as a particular case although the last date for making the recommendation is long over.”

Ace wrestler, Sushil Kumar on Monday, said, he is happy and welcomed the decision of the ministry to send name of Saina for this award. He told, “All, we need, is the blessing of the people. I would like to congratulate Saina. The decision of the Sports Minister is superb.”

Thanking to Sonowal, Saina said, “I am thankful to Mr Sonowal Sir for doing this, and it is an excellent support.” She also added that she never made a demand for this enormous award and would give respect the judgement of the sports ministry.

She further added, “I did not like the way media put it that I had demanded the award. Who am I to demand the award? I am nobody. I am a sportsperson. I play for my country. I just wanted to know why my name was not considered. I just wanted the eligible players’ names to be considered. That’s all. Finally, what the panel decides is what I am going to respect. My work is just to play for my country and win as many medals as possible. Rest, I don’t know why I was simply put into this controversy and Sushil (Kumar) is a great friend, and people have made it big. I am upset about it. It is not the right way to put it.”

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