NEW DELHI: Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal has signed a three-year $7.4 million deal with a sports management firm, making her the countryâ€™s highest-paid non-cricket sportsperson, a report said Wednesday.
â€śI am happy and looking forward to start a working relationship,â€ť London Olympics bronze-medallist Nehwal was quoted as saying in the Indian Express after signing the deal with Rhiti Sports. â€śWith Rhitiâ€™s background and credibility, they know how to balance things and that is a big plus point,â€ť she said.
The 22-year-old, the only Indian to win an Olympic badminton medal, also clinched gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Delhi-based Rhiti Sports, which deals in sponsorship, advertising and consultancy work, also manages India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, currently leading the side in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. â€śShe has placed India on the world map for badminton and changed the outlook of people in India towards the sport,â€ť Rhiti Sports chairman Arun Pandey said. India won two silver and four bronze medals at the London Games, their best-ever haul at the Olympics. – Dailytimes