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'Her Story – My Story': President Droupadi Murmu plays badminton with Saina Nehwal

President Droupadi Murmu engaged in a badminton match with renowned shuttler Saina Nehwal at Rashtrapati Bhavan, highlighting her enthusiasm for sports. The event underscored India's rising status in international badminton, particularly through the achievements of its women athletes.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: July 10, 2024 22:56 IST
President Droupadi Murmu
Image Source : X/@RASHTRAPATIBHVN President Droupadi Murmu plays badminton with Saina Nehwal.

President Droupadi Murmu played badminton with ace shuttler Saina Nehwal at the Rashtrapati Bhavan's Badminton Court in Delhi on Wednesday. The event, shared via a post on X by Rashtrapati Bhavan, showcased President Murmu's natural affinity for sports.

Promoting India's badminton powerhouse

Rashtrapati Bhavan noted, "The President’s inspiring step is in keeping with India’s emergence as a badminton powerhouse, with women players making a great impact on the world stage."

Upcoming lecture by Saina Nehwal

As part of the ‘Her Story – My Story’ lecture series featuring women Padma Awardees, Saina Nehwal, honored with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, will deliver a talk and interact with the audience at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre on Thursday.

Unveiling prestigious football trophies

Earlier in the day, President Murmu unveiled the prestigious Durand Cup, President's Cup, and Shimla Trophy at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The 133rd edition of the Durand Cup football tournament, marking the season opener of Indian Football, is set to begin on July 27, with the final scheduled for August 31.

President's message to footballers

In her remarks, President Murmu emphasised the global popularity of football, noting the excitement generated among players and spectators. She extended her best wishes to all participants in the Durand Cup Tournament 2024, encouraging healthy competition and respect among teams.

Encouraging sportsmanship

The President urged players to channel their emotions constructively and to play with determination and sportsmanship. She also called on football enthusiasts to contribute to elevating the level of football in India.

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