India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was on 30.07.2010 selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country’s sporting honour, for her outstanding achievements on the badminton court.
National sports awards (Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand) selection committee headed by P T Usha met on 30.07.2010 and decided to bestow the Khel Ratna on Saina after considering her brilliant performance in the last one year.
The World number two Indian has been in red-hot form in the last one year, where she reached the semifinals of the All England Super Series in March before winning three successive titles in June.
Saina was awarded the Arjuna Award last year and recently she was chosen as one of the six brand ambassador for the Commonwealth Games which will be held from October 3-14.
“She is world number two now and the number one status will depend on her feat in the World Championship because, the other two important tournaments like Commonwealth Games and Asian Games unfortunately doesn’t count in ranking,” he said.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was given jointly to the trio of Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh, wrestler Sushil Kumar and four-time World champion woman pugilist MC Mary Kom last year.
The award, to be given away on August 29, 2010 by the President Pratibha Patil, consists of a cash amount of Rs 7.5 lakh, a scroll of honour and medal.
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