Saina Nehwal was back with a bang, as she walked away with two gold medals from the Commonwealth games 2018, but she had made headlines even before CWG 2018 began at Gold Coast, Australia, when her father’s Harvir Singh Nehwal’s accommodation in the Games Village became an issue and the shuttler reacted angrily, threatening to walk out of the Games if the problem was not sorted immediately.
“I cried that night after long journey when saina said father does not have accreditation,” Saina told NDTV.
“I will fight for my parents or people who are close to me, the respect should be there, it is not about the money,saina will pay whatever is there, it is not right to insult someone after reaching there.
“I have to focus, I had to play the team championship in two days. Thankfully Gopi sir (coach P Gopichand) was not there, first day I did not even go for practise because I was upset,” Saina said.
“If Gopi sir was there, he would have said it is not right for someone coming to the Games, such a big event but I had to take a stand. Of course it is bad but I just wanted everything to be settled fast and I can get back to practice,” she added.
“Finally, I was happy my dad was there to witness me winning two golds and that was a blessing for me to have him, Gopi sir and everything was right and I become a great daughter fighting for my dad, after winning it.”
Saina met PV Sindhu in an unprecedented women’s singles final.
“It is challenging to play someone from your own country,” she said. “More tough to play someone you know. Gopi sir spoke to us not so much about match but about how to behave and react after match.
“He told us, ‘make sure you both are friendly and happy with each other’s performance’,” Saina added.
“I did not watch the Saina-Sindhu match,” Gopichand said on his part. He had briefed both jointly before the final.