The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Monday congratulated badminton star Saina Nehwal for winning the Denmark Open Super Series Premier Trophy.

“Saina’s consistent good showing in the international tournaments argues well for Indian sports in general and badminton in particular,” IOA acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra said in a statement here.

Malhotra said by winning four Super series events and a bronze medal at the London Olympics this year so far Saina has raised the bar for other Indian sportspersons.

The IOA acting-President complimented Saina for her “dedication and commitment” and said, “At this young age she has already emerged as a role model for the youngsters who are interested in sports.”

Saina has achieved her top position in the world badminton against all odds for which she deserves all accolades.

He also praised the Badminton Association of India for “helping budding youngsters at the grass root level which has started yielding results”.

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