Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal was in for some adventure as she took to the skies in an IAF aircraft
Her otherwise doting dad had put his foot down when badminton ace Saina Nehwal expressed a desire to buy an Audi A8 after winning five titles in 2010. Reasonâ€”her father feared that the flashy car would tempt her to speed and he wasnâ€™t for taking chances.
On Friday, however, without batting an eyelid, Dr Harvir Singh let his 22-year-old daughter take off to the skies in a Kiran Mark II trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force. â€śI am, in fact, jealous that she got to do it and I couldn’t,â€ť he chuckled. â€śIt is such a big honour for Saina.â€ť
Nehwal was at the Air Force Academy in Dundigul, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, to take part in the closing ceremony of the inter-squandron sports championship. But the offer to get into a pilot’s uniform was the icing on the cake. The child in her came to the fore when she admitted, before getting into the aircraft, that at that moment she was more excited than she was when she won the bronze medal at the London Olympics a month ago.