As the Syed Modi Grand Prix badminton tournament kicks off the badminton season in India and Saina Nehwal looks to defend her crown, we take a look at the reactions to her nomination for the Padma bhushan.
Here is our pick of the reactions…
5. PT Usha
The former Olympian and one of India’s most successful athletes, PT Usha felt that the process was flawed and it should be the officials who nominate sports persons
“The whole selection procedure seemed flawed. Such procedures diminish the sanctity of the awards. We as sportspersons spend our best time on the field for the sake of our country and it is the duty of the officials to confer the awards on us. Why should someone recommend? If the government feels we (are) deserving people it should at once honor us. Also, I don’t believe in lobbying. I have never done that and will never do it. At the same time, don’t you think it is a little embarrassing to fill the form and submit your name for the award?”