Media coverage motivates sportspersons to excel: Saina

Hyderabad: Extensive media coverage of the achievements of sportspersons would motivate them to excel in their respective games, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal said on Friday.

“I was not happy with the coverage I got after I lost in the quarterfinals of (Beijing) Olympics. Similarly, many players in the country are doing well but they are not getting the kind of coverage they should get. Good media coverage would help a player achieve better results,” Nehwal said after being felicitated by Andhra Pradesh Sports Journalists Association (APSJA) here.

Citing example of boxer Vijender Kumar, she regretted that news about their achievements appear only in a few columns.

National badminton coach P Gopichand said that while English football matches found extensive spaces in newspapers, Indian sports news do not find adequate coverage.

“District-level and even state-level tournaments are not given due importance these days. There are several players who have quit the game because they did not get due recognition,” he said.

Saina’s father Harvir Singh said that more media coverage would create wonders with budding players and motivate them to excel in their game.

M K Meena, MD of Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP), congratulated Saina on her recent achievements in international circuit.


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