For Saina Nehwal, It is Always About Playing for India

Saina Nehwal, who rose to world No.5 in the BWF women's singles rankings recently, said she is not far away from winning another title.

updated: October 30, 2014 19:45 IST
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New Delhi: In the wake of the Indian Sports Ministry's diktat of not extending financial help to athletes who prefer professional commitment over representing India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday insisted her first priority would always be to play for the country.

"I don't think anyone would not want to play for the country. Everyone would want to play for the country. Sometimes you can't ignore that there is injury or a player goes through some difficult situation. Otherwise, I am sure everyone would want to play for the country and for the pride of the nation," said Saina on the sidelines of an event at the Delhi Golf Club here.

The Ministry's diktat came after top tennis players like men's number one Somdev Devvarman, veteran Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna refused to participate in the Incheon Asian Games, citing loss of rankings points on the ATP circuit. (My Commitment to the Nation Should Not be Questioned: Leander Paes)

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