AP govt felicitates Nehwal, Sania & others

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday night felicitated sports persons from the state who will be participating in the London Olympics.

State Sports Minister V Vasantha Kumar honoured the top sports persons including Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal in the glittering function.

The other sports persons to be felicitated are: Jwala Gutta (Badminton), P Kashyap (Badminton), Ashwini Ponnappa (Badminton), V Diju (Badminton), Manjeet Singh, Sandeep Kumar and Swaran Singh (Rowing).

The Badminton Chief National Coach P Gopichand and Rowing Coach Ismail Baig and Archery Coach P Ravi Shanker were also honoured on the occasion.

Thanking the State Government for the felicitation, all the players hoped to win medals for the country in the Olympics. The minister said the government is promoting sports in a big way.

The government has increased sports budget and also constructing mini stadia in every mandal headquarters.

The government would also bring out a new sports policy soon, he added.