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After Saina Raises Question, Sports Ministry to recommend Her for Padma Bhushan

New Delhi, Jan 05: Two days after Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal expressed her displeasure over the rejection of her application for Padma Bhushan award, the sports ministry has decided to recommend the woman shuttler's name for the country's third highest civilian honour "as a special case".

Saina was upset with the ministry that had rejected her application citing norms and recommended the name of two-time Olympic medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar, for the Padma Bhushan award.

The ministry however has decided to recommend her name to the home ministry.

It can be noted that on Friday Saina had dared to question over the selection asking why her name was not recommended while Sushil Kumar was chosen as the more deserving candidate for the prestigious award.

Badminton Association of India (BAI) had recommended Saina's name for the award to the Sports Ministry in August last year. But the ministry selected Sushil Kumar for the honour.

Saina was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010, while Sushil was conferred Padma Shri in 2011. The ministry guidelines say that five-year-gap required between Padma awards. "If the ministry can send his name, why not mine as I have completed five years gap. I felt bad about it", Saina said to media.

Last year also her application was rejected on similar grounds, she further alleged.

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