India’s ace shuttler and a brand ambassador for Commonwealth Games Saina Nehwal on Saturday created a flutter by questioning the country’s capability of holding such a mega event but retracted her controversial statement moments later.
Saina first said that she really doubts whether Delhi was capable of holding the event and the preparations were “not upto the mark” but made a prompt volte face by changing her version.
“Looking at the stadiums and looking at the progress, I don’t really think we are capable of holding such big tournaments because you know, I have seen many Games like the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (in 2006) and Olympic Games in Beijing (in 2008).
“Compared to that it’s not upto the mark,” Saina told reporters on the sidelines of a function at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy here.
But the ace Hyderabad shuttler soon apologised for the statement and hoped the quadrennial multi-sport event will be a huge success.
“I did not mean that way and I am really sorry for that statement. I think, it was presented in a wrong way. I am sure that everything will be right when I come there. The Games will be successful and one of the biggest tournaments,” Saina said.
“I am one of the good sportspersons today and really want to do well in front of my home crowd. I am really proud that the Games are being held in India and I am one of the sportspersons playing in it. We are holding the event because we can do it,” Saina added.
Saina, who won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, was all praise for the Games’ badminton venue at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
“The badminton stadium is excellent. I really enjoyed playing there during the Asian Championships. I hope to do well again during the Commonwealth Games in October and want to win medals to make the people proud,” said Saina, who is currently world number three.
OC organises family car rally
New Delhi: Close to 100 families participated in the 10th Family Fun Car Rally organised by the Central Bank of India along with Games Organising Committee on Saturday.
Wrestlers get B samples tested
The wrestlers who had tested positive for banned substance a couple of days ago came here to get their B Sample tested on Saturday. The results will be known on Monday. Meanwhile, National Anti-Doping Agency director general Rahul Bhatnagar said a letter of apology has been sent to freestyle wrestler Joginder who was earlier named as the offender instead of the Greco-roman with the name. “We have apologised to him for the error,” he said.