NEW DELHI: Decorated with a Padma award on Monday by the President, badminton ace Saina Nehwal said she hopes to "continue to make India proud" through her exploits in the sporting arena.
The 26-year-old Hyderabadi said she was "very happy" after receiving the nation's third highest civilian honour - the Padma Bhushan - from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Civil Investiture ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
"It's a great moment, a proud moment. I am very very happy. My parents are very happy," she said, adding that she hopes "to continue to make India proud".
We are also proud on this because you deserve this award...............
Yash Raj Vinod
Absolutely a well deserved award no one can grudge. We pray that you achieve even more.
All the best Saina. Hope that India produce more players like you to remove China's dominance from Badminton.
Saina you already have contributed enough, it would be great if you continue doing so.........goodluck & all the best
These are the real heroes and heroines of India, making the nation proud and not commies who spew venom against India
Well deserved recognition - now a gold at Rio Olympics by beating Marin or any Chinese.
Saina, you are the real Hero and Role Model... Best of Luck for your future
Congratulations. You deserved it.
Hope she will bring a medal in RIO Olympics and must be aware of Chinese invasion in Badminton
B R V Shanbhag
She is great, she deserves the award.