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GOOD SPORTS: Badminton Queen

Compiled/partly written by MELVIN DURAI Email Compiled/partly written by MELVIN DURAI
September 2012
GOOD SPORTS: Badminton Queen

Saina Nehwal is only 22 and well on her way to being India’s greatest athlete playing an individual sport—assuming, of course, that World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand isn’t considered an athlete. Nehwal added an Olympic bronze medal to her ever-expanding trove of honors, the first Indian to ever medal in badminton. She’s the No. 4 player in the world, and could win another Olympic medal in 2016, especially if she remains as disciplined as she was before the London Olympics. As her coach Pullela Gopichand told NDTV, “During the preparations (for the Olympics), Saina ensured she did not miss out on any practice sessions. She would not attend a press conference or go for any endorsement deal, it was just practice for her.” Now she needs to practice smiling for all those new endorsement deals.


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