BAI announces cash award for Saina

June 21st, 2009 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) Badminton Association of India (BAI) president V.K Verma has announced a cash award of Rs.2 lakh for Saina Nehwal for her title triumph in the Indonesia Super Series Sunday.
“Saina Nehwal’s title win in Indonesia is a moment to cherish for Indian badminton. We have announced a cash incentive of Rs.2 lakh for Saina,” Verma told IANS.

“She has been the flag-bearer for Indian sport in the world. Like Prakash Padukone and then Pullela Gopichand, Saina has emerged as an icon for youngsters. Indian badminton will gain from her achievements at the international level,” Verma said.

Verma said a lot of young players have come up in the junior ranks and Indian badminton is looking up.

“There are many junior players who have performed well at the international level recently and we are hopeful that in the coming years the sport will achieve more success at the international level.”

Verma also thanked the Sports Ministry for their support in providing training and sending the players abroad.

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