Badminton player Saina Nehwal on Sunday received a brand new BMW car for winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics from none other than batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin also gave a car to India’s national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and young shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, who won the girls’ singles title in the Asian Youth Under-19 Championships last month.
“I am sure that she (Saina) is happy but not satisfied,” the iconic Indian batsman said at the felicitation function organised by vice president of Andhra Badminton Association Chamundeshwari Nath.
“We are also not satisfied because we know that you can go to greater heights. You have that ability with Gopi’s guidance. There are better days ahead and as a sportsperson, you always try to believe that your best is yet to come.”
“Whatever I have seen of her there is no drama involved, it’s just quality badminton and that is what you expect from a sportsperson.
“After winning (bronze medal) also, she has not got carried away and that’s the beauty of being a champion sport person”.
“This medal means a lot for India, I am sure this medal has not come without dedication, hard work, focus and having a vision,” Tendulkar said.
“You all deserve praise and good things that are coming your way,” he added.