Vastavam web: Star shuttlers Sania Nehwal, PV Sindhu and K Srikanth today thanked the government for its continued support and said India can dominate the sport for a long time like China, Japan and Korea if they can keep believing in themselves.The trio were speaking during a felicitation function orgainsed by Sports Minister Vijay Goel at his residence here after Indian shuttlers returned with two medals Sindhu’s silver and Saina’s bronze from the just-concluded World Badminton Championships in Glasgow.Sports is becoming quite popular in our country because of the encouragement from the government,” Saina said.
“The facilities have improved and we shuttlers need to believe in ourselves. If that happens we can come stronger and rule the sport like China, Japan and Korea,” she added.”Badminton in India as a sport has grown many folds. Many upcoming and bright players are coming up,” said Sindhu, who lost the marathon title encounter 19-21 22-20 20-22 against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.”The World Championships final is one of the longest match I have ever played. At 20-20 in the last game it was anybody’s game but in the end it was not my day,” she said talking about the epic final.
The felicitation ceremony was initially planned at a makeshift tent in the lawns of Goel’s residence but it was later shifted to one of the rooms inside his residence because of continuous downpour just before the start of the programme.What followed was pandemonium as Goel and his staffs found it difficult to control the large gathering of media persons, photographers and camera persons inside the small room.