Sportsman spirit: Saina Nehwal does not celebrate her Bronze

Updated: 04 August 2012 20:33 IST

Saina Nehwal was handed a Bronze on Saturday. She lost the opening game before China's Xin Wang had to pull out due to an injury. As the world number 2 was walking out, the Indian did not rush to celebrate but instead, chose to enquire about her opponent, hug her and leave. A true champion indeed!

Sportsman spirit: Saina Nehwal does not celebrate her Bronze
©

London:

Saina Nehwal was handed a Bronze on Saturday. She lost the opening game before China's Xin Wang had to pull out due to an injury. As the world number 2 was walking out, the Indian did not rush to celebrate but instead, chose to enquire about her opponent, hug her and leave. A true champion indeed!

Saina became India's first badminton medal winner in the Olympics. She won it by forfeit. The 22-year-old however won a lot more than just that medal when she did not even take a victory lap. "I still can't believe the match is over and I won a medal," she said after the tie.

Having lost the opening game 18-21, the shuttler looked her fighting best though it was not going her way. Expectations of a medal were high. When the result did eventually fall her way, she chose to stick to the principles of fair-play and sportsmanship instead of giving in to celebrations. She just raised a hand to acknowledge her fans.

Saina was in superb form throughout the Games. She reached all the way to the semi-final before falling to the world number 1 Yihan Wang. While results may highlight a sportsperson's career, for Saina, ethics seem equally important.

Topics : Badminton Olympics 2012 Team India Saina Nehwal
Related Articles
PV Sindhu Says All England Championship Like Any Other Super Series
PV Sindhu Says All England Championship Like Any Other Super Series
Saina Nehwal to Represent Olympic Committee in BWF
Saina Nehwal to Represent Olympic Committee in BWF
PV Sindhu Breaks Into The Top 5 in World Badminton Rankings
PV Sindhu Breaks Into The Top 5 in World Badminton Rankings
Show Comments
Advertisement