Rs 9 lakh aid to Saina to hire personal physio

Rs 9 lakh aid to Saina to hire personal physio

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has sanctioned a financial assistance of Rs nine lakh to ace shuttler Saina Nehwal for engaging a full time personal physiotherapist.

The physiotherapist will be funded for by the ministry for a 15-month period from 1st of June 2015.

Saina has been working with physiotherapist Siddharth Sakalle for last six months. Sakalle has worked with Indian men’s national boxing team and was also with boxer Mary Kom before the Asian Games. He is currently based in Bangalore where Saina trains at the Padukone Badminton Academy. Sakalle has been with Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) a non-profit organisation managed by Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi, for the past two and a half years.

“The assistance will be utilised for payment of monthly remuneration to the physiotherapist at the rate of Rs 60,000 per month. The selection of physiotherapist has been done by Saina Nehwal herself,” the ministry said in a release.

The Olympics bronze medallist has been selected under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme for financial assistance from National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for 2016 Games.

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