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Why Saina Nehwal will not be the World No.1 shuttler anymore?

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In a defeat which is sure to break many hearts, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, ‘lost’ her World No. 1 rank in Malaysia Open Super Series at Kuala Lumpur.

She lost to the Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the women’s single semi-finals by 21-13, 17-21, 20-22. The latest victory of Xuerui was her 9th in the 11 matches played between the two.

The Indian shuttler started the match on an energetic note by winning the first set but lost momentum as the match progressed.

The three set encounter finished on a high note for spectators, but it was curtains for Saina after she lost the decider 20-22 to Xuerui.

Saina had earlier beaten Xuerui twice, at the 2010 Singapore Open and 2012 Indonesia Open.

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Sachin Tendulkar endorses sports on social media

Tendulkar was supposed to speak on 'Right to Play and the Future of Sports in India' in the Upper House but he wasn't able to as the house was adjourned.

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Sachin credited full support to the sports in India
Sachin credited full support to the sports in India

New Delhi, Dec 22: A day after being forced to leave the Rajya Sabha without making his debut speech, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday took to social media to speak on the overall environment of sports in India.

In a video posted on his social media accounts, Tendulkar praised the northeast in particular for having a ‘vibrant sporting culture’, saying India must move on from being a ‘sport-loving’ nation to ‘sport-playing’ nation.

“It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind,” the cricket icon said.

“Sport has a unique way of building the nation, it builds character for individuals which means character for India.”

“From being the naughty child to chasing the dream to win the World Cup for India, I became more disciplined and more focussed. I had a goal and I started planning for it.

“But the most important aspect was the execution of those plans, not always did I succeed. There were occasions where I failed but sports taught me to get back on my feet again and compete in the fiercest possible manner,” he said.

The Bharat Ratna awardee highlighted the likes of Dipa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, M.C. Mary Kom, L.Sarita Devi, and Mirabai Chanu as examples of the north east’s excellence in sports.

“The north east of India, which has only four percent of the total population has a vibrant sporting culture. It has produced many sporting heroes including our boxing icon Mary Kom. Sports promote social harmony,” he said.

The master blaster also hailed the parents and coaches of Rio Olympics medallists duo of shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik and other women sporting stars like shuttler Saina Nehwal and cricketer Mithali Raj for encouraging them to take up sports.

“Daughters of India have shown what they are capable of with champions like Sindhu, Sakshi, Saina, Sania (Mirza), Mithali and the list goes on and on. When dreams don’t discriminate then why do we?

“I want to appreciate their parents, family members, their coaches, their friends for helping and encouraging them and that is the only reason they have reached here.

“My message to parents is to give equal support and encouragement to their daughters and sons and they will make them proud,” the little master said.

“Before the Olympics or a major sporting event, our expectations go sky-rocketing. I realise that things are changing for the good and that we have adopted long-term approach on preparation,” he added.

Earlier, on Thursday, Tendulkar was supposed to speak on ‘Right to Play and the Future of Sports in India’ in the Upper House but he wasn’t able to as the house was adjourned after Congress members disrupted proceedings over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and the 2G scam.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu Naidu urged the Congress members to allow the legendary batsman to speak but to no avail. IANS

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