Saina Nehwal's name recommended for Padma Bhushan award

North Gazette News/New Delhi
After much controversy over Padma Bhushan award to India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, Union Sports ministry on Monday recommended her name for Padma Bhushan award as special case.

Union Sports ministry spokesperson said that the Sports department has decided to recommend her name for Padma Bhushan award to Home Affairs ministry as a special case, though the last date for making the recommendation is long over.

“Keeping in view the outstanding achievements, the Ministry has decided to recommend Saina Nehwal’s name for Padma Bhushan award as a special case,” the spokesperson said, adding that her nomination was received on January 3, 2015 from Badminton Association of India.

The spokesperson said that Union Home Ministry had invited nominations for Padma Awards till September 15, 2014 and all the National Sports Federations/Sports Control Boards were asked to send nominations of sportspersons and coaches to Sports Department.

“Based on the nominations received from sports bodies, Sports Department had recommended the name of Sushil Kumar (wrestling) for Padma Bhushan and the same were sent on September 15, 2014,” he said.

He added that Sushil Kumar’s recommendation for Padma Bhushan Award was made after taking into consideration his achievements i.e. Bronze Medal in Beijing Olympic Games-2008, Gold medal in Commonwealth Games-2010, Gold Medal in Senior World Wrestling Championship-2010, Silver Medal in London Olympic Games-2012, Gold Medal in Commonwealth Games-2014 and several other achievements at national and international level.

The spokesperson added that the Ministry had not received nomination in respect of Saina Nehwal from Badminton Association of India or any other agency, for Padma Bhushan for 2014.

“So the question of Sports Department intimating Saina Nehwal that her nomination for Padma Bhushan was not recommended to the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2013, as there has to be a gap of 5 years between two Padma Awards, does not arise,” he added.