Saina receives Khel Ratna from Gill

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 15:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Monday received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award from Sports
Minister M S Gill after missing out on the August 29 ceremony
at the Rashtrapati Bhawan due to the World Championships in
Paris.

"Dr M S Gill, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and
Sports, gave away Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year
2010 to Ms Saina Nehwal at a simple ceremony here today," the
Sports Ministry said in a statement.

"As she was in Paris taking part in World Championship
when the National Sports Awards were conferred by the
President of India on August 29, she could not receive the
Award on that occasion. In view of this, the Award was
conferred on her today," it added.

The award carries a medal, citation and cash prize of Rs
7.5 lakh.

Saina won the Indonesia Super Series, Singapore Open
super Series, Indian Open Grand Prix this year.

She had won the Indonesia Super Series and the Indian
Open Grand Prix last year.

The Hyderabadi was a semifinalist in last year`s World
Championship and in the All England Super Series this year.

She won the women`s singles gold medal in Commonwealth
Games last month. She was conferred the Arjuna Award last
year.

PTI