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Saina Nehwal happy with Sports Ministry recommending her for Padma Bhushan

Jan 05, 2015 02:18 PM IST India India

Ace Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal, who was not considered for the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award by the Sports Ministry earlier, told CNN-IBN that she is very happy with the Ministry's U-turn to announce that it will recommend her for the prestigious award.

'I have done so well for my country, I have never asked for an award,'said Nehwal.

'I wanted to know why my name was no considered,' expressing her disappointment at the Sports Ministry deciding to reject her application for the prestigious Padma Bhushan.

Nehwal, who was visibly satisfied with the latest course of action by the Ministry, stated that she had done so well for the country but never really asked for an award but minced no words in saying that she wanted to know the reason behind her exclusion from the list of recommended players.

'I am very happy. I just wanted to know why my name was not considered,' the Olympic Bronze medallist went on to add.

Earlier, Nehwal had shown her displeasure publicly by tweeting about the incident and questioned the Ministry's decision to drop her name from the list, citing the rule that no player can be bestowed upon a civilian honour for a period of five years from his last award

She, however, made it clear that she had no problems in wrestler Sushil Kumar getting nominated for the award but felt that she was equally deserving along with the Olympic medallist.

Sports Minister Sarbanada Sonowal, however, had earlier said that his Ministry received the letter of nomination of badminton star only on Saturday, which the Badminton Association of India denied.