Days before the crucial Delhi Elections, Olympic medallist and badminton star Saina Nehwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 29th, 2020.
The ace shuttler joined BJP in the presence of party’s National General Secretary Arun Singh. Saina’s elder sister Abu Chandranshu Nehwal also joined the saffron party on January 29th, 2020.
The former world number 1 said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspires her as she admires hard-working people.
Wearing the BJP scarf, Nehwal said, “I draw a lot of inspiration from Narendra sir.”
Nehwal has achieved several milestones in badminton for India. She is the only Indian to have won at least one medal in every BWF major individual event, namely the Olympics, the BWF World Championships, and the BWF World Junior Championships.
She is the first Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal, the first Indian to have reached the final of the BWF World Championships, along with being the only Indian to have won the BWF World Junior Championships or.
In 2006, Nehwal became the first Indian female and the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament. She also has the distinction of being the first Indian to win a Super Series title. In the 2014 Uber Cup, she captained the Indian team and remained undefeated, helping India to win bronze medal.
Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles gold medals (2010 and 2018) in Commonwealth Games. In 2016, the Government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award – on her.
Previously, the nation’s top two sporting honours, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award, were also conferred on her by the Government of India. She married fellow shuttler Parupalli Kashyap in 2018 in Hyderabad.
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