Saina Nehwal rants on Twitter following Padma Bhushan snub
Saina Nehwal was left stunned after not being listed for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award. Saina was awarded the Khel Ratna and Padma Shri in 2010 and was told to wait five years for the Padma Bhushan award by the Sports Ministry. But even after the five-year period, the Indian badminton player’s name was not included.
Saina, India’s sole Olympic medallist in badminton, was further raged at the award being handed to Sushil Kumar, despite him not completing five years following his Padma Shri award in 2011. The ministry decided Kumar’s case to be special and felt that the wrestler deserved the award more than Saina.
Speaking to Times of India, Saina made a case that both Indian stars should receive the award. "I spoke to the higher officials yesterday. They said Sushil's name has already gone. I can only request them to look into it. If we both can win that would be really good. If his name has been sent as a special case then why my name has not been sent because even if they go by the rules, my name should be sent. Sushil is a great player but then medal is a medal. We both won medals at the Olympics. They could have given the award to him after 2012 Olympics as a special case if they had to. Why do it now? I am disappointed," she said.
The China Open winner tweeted her disappointment at the decision. Here are her tweets: