Indian badminton player Sai Praneeth has been recommended for the Arjuna Award by the sports awards’ election committee elected by the sports ministry of India.
Praneeth is one among the 19 recipients of the Arjuna Award this year. Praneeth is supported byGosports Foundation through the Rahul Dravid athlete mentorship programme and has had a career-best ranking of 11 and trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.
The right-handed Sai Praneeth first came into the news when he stunned the 2003 All-England champion Mohammed Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia at the Thailand Open Grand Prix gold tournament in the first round. He, later on, won a bronze in the BWF World junior championships in 2010 and a gold in the Iran Fajhr international tournament held at Tehran. He has also won the Sri Lanka, Lagos and Bangladesh international tournaments
in his career.
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He won the most prestigious title at the Singapore Super Series in 2017 when he beat his
counterpart Kidambi Srikanth (17-21, 21-17, 21-12).
Taking to Twitter the Badminton Association of India congratulating Praneeth said, “@saipraneeth92 is recommended for the #ArjunaAwards by the Sports Awards 2019 Selection Committee. Congratulations Sai. Kudos!”
Praneeth is currently in Basel (Switzerland) for the World Badminton championships starting from Monday.