Like wrestler Sushil Kumar, now Saina’s name will also be forwarded as a special case.
However, despite the recommendation from the ministry, it is quite unlikely for the 24-year-old to get the award, government sources told Zee Media. But if any one from Prime Minister, Home Minister, Vice president or President recommends, then only her name would be considered.
The last date for sending nomination for Padma Bhushan has been over on September 15, 2014.
Earlier, Saina had showed disappointment after not being recommended for the prestigious award.
Saina had said that the Badminton Association of India (BAI) had recommended her name for the Padma Bhushan in August last year but the Sports Ministry rejected her application, citing norms.
However, later, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal clarified that his ministry received the letter of nomination of badminton star Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan on Saturday but said that it will “examine the possibility of recommending” her name for the award.
“I have seen reports in sections of the media that Sports Ministry didn’t recommend the name of Ms Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan award. On ascertaining the facts, I have come to know that Sports Ministry had not received any nomination from the Badminton Association of India prior to January 3, 2015,” Sonowal said in a statement.
Sonowal, however, had said that despite the late receipt of her application, his ministry would examine the possibility of recommending her name to the Home Ministry for the award.
The 24-year-old had claimed that her application was rejected last year also on similar grounds but this year, the ministry decided to recommend Sushil’s name even though he has not completed the five-year norm after being bestowed with the Padma Shri in 2011.