Saina to get Rs 20 lakh cash reward from Andhra government

Andhra Pradesh CM sanctioned a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh for Saina Nehwal for winning Grand Prix Gold Championship.

updated: September 18, 2008 18:25 IST
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Wednesday sanctioned Rs 20 lakhs cash award to badminton sensation Saina Nehwal for winning the Grand Prix Gold Championship.

The Chief Minister congratulated the teenager for becoming the only Indian women to bag two grand prix titles (her first was the Philippines Open in 2006).

Saina won the Chinese Taipei Grand Gold Badminton event in Taipei on Sunday.

He said Saina brought acclaim not only for herself but also for the country and more so far for Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier, the Chief Minister sanctioned the Hyderabadi badminton ace Rs 5 lakhs for participating in the recently concluded Olympics. The Rs 20 lakhs the Chief Minister awarded on Wednesday to Saina is in addition to the five lakhs already awarded to her.

The Chief Minister hoped that the Hyderabad badminton champion girl would achieve more laurels in the days to come.