London Olympics 2012: Nothing is bigger than Olympic medal, says Saina Nehwal

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2012, 15:14 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Hyderabad: India’s Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal said on Tuesday that she desperately wanted to win a medal in London Olympics.

Speaking to reporters after she received a rousing welcome at her hometown, Hyderabad, Saina said, “I am really happy to be back with a medal. It was a great dream; I actually did what I believed in…”

With a reassuring smile on her lips, Saina said that she is really proud of what she has achieved and promised to keep the momentum going.

“…I really wanted an Olympic medal. I hope the next four years would be better than the last four,” an optimistic Saina said, while also adding that she will learn from mistakes.

On being asked whether she felt bad on having lost out on a lot of things so as to maintain her focus on badminton, Saina said, “Nothing is bigger than standing on the podium in Olympics.”

Thanking her coach and mentor Gopchand for having played a critical role in her success, the world number 4 said, “He started training me when I was just 13. Many people told us that I can’t win big tournaments but in 2006 I won my first title beating world number 3….there have been a lot of sacrifice from my side, his side.”

“I see people dying for it (Olympics medal), they want it badly…it is unbelievable!” she said.

On his part, Gopi Chand said, “I tell her to look at 2020. There would be two more Olympics, more Asian Games, Commonwealth games, World Championships…the potential is huge but what she has already achieved is huge.”