Saina gifts Modi her silver medal-winning racquet on b'day eve

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 18, 2015 07:45 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with badminton player Saina Nehwal in New Delhi on September 16, 2015. (PTI Photo)

On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday on Thursday, world number one badminton player gifted the PM the racquet she played with to become the first Indian to win a silver medal at the Badminton World Championships.

The 25-year-old Nehwal said she was delighted to have met the Prime Minister. "I am pleased to meet honourable Prime Minister and wished him Happy birthday in advance. I am happy to present him a racquet for his birthday. It's really good to know that he follows every sport regularly and also interesting thing is he spoke to me about my matches. He also congratulated me for my World Championship medal," Nehwal said after the meeting.

Nehwal was accompanied by her father Harvir Nehwal and Neerav Tomar, MD & CEO of IOS Sports & Entertainment, which manages the shuttler.

The poster girl of Indian badminton, Nehwal has been an achiever of many firsts in her glorious badminton career.

She had lost to Spain's Carolina Marin in the title clash of World Championships in Jakarta last month but still became the first Indian to win a silver medal in the prestigious tournament.

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