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02 Nov, 2017
Indian badminton star Kidambi Srikanth, the significant
personality in the recent badminton is nominated for the prestigious Padma Shri
award by the former sports minister Vijay Goel.
Srikanth Kidambi, after triumphing the French Open Super
Series title, became first Indian and the fourth shuttler in the world to win
four super series titles in the year after the greats Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei,
and Chen Long.
Vijay Goel, who was superseded by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
and now parliamentary affairs minister, wrote a letter to home minister Rajnath
Singh recommending Srikanth for the India’s fourth civilian award, though the
deadline for Padma nominations had closed on September 15.
In the letter, Goel wrote, “In this scenario, it is
imperative to motivate the young sportsman by acknowledging his contribution to
this sport in India.
“He is an idol for the youth of the country and millions of people have aspirations to see his achievements being recognised. Many people have approached me in the capacity of ex-Sports Minister to recommend his name for this year's Padma Shri award. Accordingly, in the spirit of reflecting the aspiration of people of India, I recommend name of Shri Srikanth Kidambi for the Padma Shri award.”
After Goel’s recommendation, Andhra Pradesh government
announced a reward of Rs 2 crore for the shuttler, who hails from Guntur.
Andhra Pradesh’s information minister K Srinivasulu, after a
state cabinet meeting, informed reporters about the reward and a deputy
collector-rank job in the government service for the shuttler.