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AP government announces 50 lakh cash incentive for Saina Nehwal

Hyderabad|India|June'2012: The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced a record Rs.50 lakhs incentive, the highest so far to Indian Ace Badminton Champion Saina Nehwal for her splendid victory in Swiss Open, Thai Open and Indonesia Open. This is the first time that an Indian becoming champion in as many championships within a short time. It is the first of its kind in sports history that such a big cash incentive is given to any sportsperson in Andhra Pradesh. The Chief Minister hoped that the ace badminton champion will win the gold medal in the forthcoming Olympics at London. He said Saina has become pride of the nation by winning so many championships and said Andhra Pradesh is proud of her.

It may be stated here that the State Government has allocated Rs.200 crs for sports and sports stadia are being constructed in every Assembly Constituency.

Last week also, Chief Minister Sri N.Kiran Kumar Reddy congratulated Indian ace badminton player Saina Nehwal for winning Indonesian open super series tournament. In a message Chief Minister said that Saina Nehwal brought pride and laurels to our country and particularly to our State. Chief Minister also congratulated her for winning Swiss and Thailand open tournaments this year.

Saina clinched her third Indonesia Open Super Series title after beating world number three Xuerui Li in a see-saw summit clash on 17th July.
The fifth-seeded Indian, who had won the Thailand Open last week, defeated China's Li 13-21 22-20 21-19 in an hour and four minutes to lift her third title of the year the first being the Swiss Open.

-June'' 2012


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