Indian badminton superstar Saina Nehwal who is currently on a comeback trail after a couple of injury affected seasons has thanked the Indian government and especially the Sports Ministry for paying great attention to the game of badminton in India. The country has seen a badminton revolution in India with many of the top players in the globe like P.V. Sindhu, Srikanth Kidambi, Sai Praneeth and Saina herself tasting great success. Saina Nehwal had a great tournament at the World Badminton Championships winning bronze in ladies singles with Sindhu ending up with the silver medal.
Speaking at a function organized by Vijay Goel at his residence to felicitate Saina and Sindhu for their performance at the World Championships, Nehwal was quoted according to PTI, “We would like to thank the government and the Sports Minister for their continued support throughout the year. Sports is becoming quite popular in our country because of the encouragement from the government. The facilities have improved and we shuttlers need to believe in ourselves. If that happens we can come stronger and rule the sport like China, Japan and Korea.”
P.V. Sindhu was also present at the function and said on her final match loss against Nozomi Okuhara, “The World Championships final is one of the longest match I have ever played. At 20-20 in the last game it was anybody’s game but in the end it was not my day.”
She also said that badminton as a sport had grown by leaps and bounds in India, “Badminton in India as a sport has grown many folds. Many upcoming and bright players are coming up.”
Also present at the function were Kidambi Srikanth, Indian icon Pullela Gopichand and Saina Nehwal’s personal coach Vimal Kumar.