Indian Badminton tennis star Saina Nehwal has said that she never demand for Padma Bhushan award. She only wanted to know why her name wasn’t suggested.
A Sports ministry statement said, “The ministry has received Ms Saina Nehwal’s nomination for Padma Bhushan on January 3. In view of Ms Saina Nehwal’s achievements, the department of sports has decided to recommend her case for Padma Bhushan to the ministry of home affairs as a special case..”
Saina thanked sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal for suggesting her name. She said, “I would like to thank the minister for recommending my name for the honour.”
Indian Badminton sensation added that she is nobody to ask why she is not awarded. He work is to represent country and bring rewards for India.
Ms Nehwal said, “I don’t know why it has been projected that way. Who am I to demand an award? My duty is to play for my country and bring laurels to it. I only wanted to know why my name was not considered. Having said that, I will respect the decision of the selection panel.”
Saina Nehwal a few days back said she was shocked too when last year she was nominated. She said earlier, “It is also clarified that ministry had not received any nomination in respect of Ms Saina Nehwal last year (2014 awards) either. So the question of the Department of Sports intimating Ms Saina that her nomination for Padma Bhushan was not recommended to the MHA in 2013, as there has to be a gap of five years between two Padma Awards, does not arise.”
Sushil Kumar is also recommended for the Padma Bhushan award. Sports ministry said in a release, “The recommendation was sent to the MHA on September 15, 2014, the last date for forwarding the names. Sushil’s name was finalised only after taking into consideration his achievements, right from the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics 2008, the silver at London 2012 and gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.”