Latest Badminton News and Articles

Badminton-Big deal for Nehwal underlines sport's growth in India

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News Published: 20 September 2012
Posted by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 686

Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has signed a three-year deal worth a reported $7.4 million with a sports management company, underlining badminton's growth in the otherwise cricket-crazy country.

The only non-Chinese in the top five of women's badminton, Nehwal won a bronze in this year's London Olympics and capped the celebrations by signing a contract with Rhiti Sports that makes her India's highest paid sportsperson outside cricket.

"With Rhiti's background and credibility, they know how to balance things and that is a big plus point," Nehwal said in a media release.

According to Wednesday's Indian Express newspaper, the three-year deal with the company which also manages Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is worth 400 million Indian rupees.

"We're very thrilled with the base amount and it's an honour since she's the first non-cricket athlete they've taken on," Nehwal's father Harvir Singh told the newspaper.

"We are proud to be associated with someone who is not only a youth icon for women in the country but has also done a lot for badminton as a sport," said Arun Pandey, chairman and managing director of Rhiti Sports.

"She has placed India on the world map for badminton and changed the outlook of people in India towards the sport."

($1 = 54.055 Indian rupees)

  • No comments found

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Replays: All England 2015

2015 All England Badminton Videos

Watch Replays

  • Recent News
  • Popular
Lin Dan's wax figure switches over to YONEX, too

Shanghai: After Lin Dan officially signed a multi-year spons

Lee Chong Wei's BWF hearing set for April 11

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei will ma

Taufik Hidayat wants Lee Chong Wei to stay strong

Beijing: While attending the opening ceremony of the largest

Lin Dan joins torch relay for 2014 Youth Olympics

Nanjing: Two times Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was one of

Carolina Marin Receives Sport Merit Royal Order

Madrid: The winner of 2014 BWF Badminton World Championships

The love story of Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo

By Cheryl Tay The love story of Singapore badminton players

Recommended badminton news for you