New Delhi: Ahead of Delhi assembly election 2020 which is slated to be held on February 8, Badminton player Saina Nehwal on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Notably, Nehwal’s sister Chandranshu also joined the saffron party. Also Read - PV Sindhu's Form Not a Worry, Saina Nehwal And Kidambi Srikanth Need to Buck up, Says Pullela Gopichand on Tokyo Roadmap
Saina Nehwal, 29, is one of the most popular sportspersons as she has won both Olympics and Commonwealth Games medals. In 2015, she became the first Indian woman shuttler to achieve the World No. 1 ranking. Also Read - Thailand Master 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma Make First-Round Exits; Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy In Action Later Today
Further, Nehwal has also been honoured with the country’s major sporting awards including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Also Read - Indonesia Masters 2020: PV Sindhu Advances to Second Round, Defending Champ Saina Nehwal Crashes Out
Saina Nehwal had tied the knots with Parupalli Kashyap in a simple ceremony in 2018.
On the professional front, Saina was last seen playing in the Thailand Masters tournament, where her performance remained less than impressive as she was knocked in the very first round.
On January 22 she was knocked out of Thailand Masters after losing to Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt 21-13, 17-21, 21-15.
Other sportspersons who are part of the BJP include cricketer Gautam Gambhir and Babita Phogat.