Mumbai: Badminton superstar Saina Nehwal gave up hefty endorsement deals worth at least Rs 1.5 crore to focus on winning a medal at the Olympics, people close to her revealed to MiD DAY. Saina's sacrifice paid off on August 4 when she won India's first badminton medal in Olympic history - a bronze.
"At least five to six top brands wanted to sign up Saina," her father Dr Harvir Singh Nehwal, an agricultural scientist, said after Saina created history. "They wanted to do so even before she went for the Olympics. But she declined all those offers as she did not want her Olympics preparations to be affected."
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