Hyderabad/ Calcutta: Saina Nehwal’s bronze medal win on Saturday, at the London Olympics, may be seen as a lucky victory after her Chinese opponent retired hurt. But according to Saina’s father, Dr Harvir Singh, “it’s god’s gift”.
“My gut feeling always told me that Saina would come home with a medal from this Olympics,” he said.
“She was disappointed on Friday after losing the semi-final... It was god’s wish that she won a medal. This is very satisfying for everyone. I was very optimistic about Saina winning a bronze,” Saina’s dad said.
“But it is a pity that the Chinese shuttler had to pull out because of injury. I thank God for this victory. It is a very special day for her. We have all been waiting for this.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated the Indian shuttler for winning the medal. “The country is proud of your achievement,” Singh said in his congratulatory message.
Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan and chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy too congratulated Saina. “After Gagan Narang, Saina is the second sportsperson from AP to win a medal at the Olympics,” the chief minister said.