Zee Media Exclusive: Jwala Gutta slams Saina Nehwal for demanding cash reward from govt

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Jwala Gutta, who won silver medal at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, on Wednesday slammed ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal for expressing her views in public where she reminded the government of her pending cash reward.

Saina had expressed disappointment for not receiving her cash award from the government for winning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

The erstwhile Andhra Pradesh government had announced a cash incentive of Rs 50 lakh for Saina.

In an exclusive chat with Zee Media Corp, a disappointed Jwala said that Saina should have personally met the concerned ministers and to speak about it publicly doesn`t suit a sportsperson of her stature.

"I don`t know how to react on it. Saina is a big name. I am sure if she would have personally met the chief minister or the ministers, they would have helped her. My stand on matters related to money is a little different. I wouldn`t react publicly in such a manner. If I have any such issues, I would personally meet and get it resolved. To talk about the issue publicly isn`t right," Jwala said.

Saina had posted two tweets through her personal account on micro-blogging site Twitter stating she was happy at the appointment of Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador of the Telangana state, but was hurt at still not receiving her grant from the government for her Olympics triumph.

Speaking to Zee News, Jwala further said that even though the media takes a lot of interest in their game, the doubles player are lagging behind in terms of sponsorships and endorsement deals.

"I need not speak about it as it has been the case for quite some time now. After winning the 2010 Commonwealth Games, I thought that things might change. I have seen that the media takes a lot of interest in our performances and results. In spite of giving world class performance, we still face a lot of problems in terms of sponsorships and endorsements," said an upset Jwala.

Earlier too, soon after winning a silver medal at Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Jwala had slammed discrimination of doubles game in India, saying that singles players were given more recognition in the country.

Gutta and her partner Ashwini Ponnappa had failed to defend the gold they won in 2010 Delhi Games after losing 17-21, 21-23 to Malaysian pair of Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon at Emirates Arena on Sunday in Glasgow.

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