Saina backs Sachin for Bharat Ratna

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Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 10:52 [IST]
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Saina backs Sachin for Bharat Ratna

India's No. 1 badminton player Saina Nehwal has backed India's chief run-getter Sachin Tendulkar for being bestowed with the Bharat Ratna award. Nehwal speicified that Tendulkar was an iconic batsmen and the most deserving sportsperson to receive India's most pretigious civilian award.

"Sachin is the best and he is capable of doing the impossible. He is getting younger with age and at his peak now I think he will keep playing for many more years. He deserves to get the Bharat Ratna," Saina told leading news agency. "I am sure he will break many more records in future and become the most famous legend ever."

Saina's throwing her weight behind Tendulkar for being conferred the award, comes after Congress MP Rajiv Shukla, who also belongs to the top brass of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI),‏ first raised the suggestion. Shukla's recommendation came in reaction of Tendulkar notching up his 50th Test century, during the ongoing series in South Africa.

Saina added that she draws immense inspiration from Tendulkar and hopes to reach his stature and emulate his level of achievement someday.

"I''m just a kid in front of him. But I want to do well in my field and may be in another 10-11 years, if I can win enough tournaments, I too might someday hope to win the prestigious award ," she said.


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