Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the country’s second-largest car manufacturer, honoured ace shuttler Saina Nehwal by handing over the first Anniversary Edition of the Indian Car of The Year 2016, the Creta. She was honoured by the company for winning the Australian Badminton Open.
Saina Nehwal (26) is amongst the most decorated athletes in the country, having won Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padam Shri and Padam Bhushan, besides winning an Olympic Bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.
Commenting on the occasion, YK Koo, managing director & CEO, HMIL, said, “She is the badminton icon of India. Her consistent performance has elevated this sport’s enthusiasm to a great level of admiration amongst badminton lovers globally. We present her the icon of the Indian SUV segment, the Creta.”
Saina Nehwal added, “It is an honour and wonderful experience for me and I would like to thank Hyundai for presenting me the 1st Anniversary Edition of the Creta. It’s motivation for every athlete to receive the recognition for his/her hard work and achievements. I am quite confident and will give my best efforts in the upcoming tournaments, to bring pride to my nation and fellow countrymen.”
Hyundai has been strengthening its connect with the world of sports. Recently the company officially partnered with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the next four years across the three formats of Test, One Day and T20. The company says the rationale behind such associations is to make fans explore and experience the Hyundai brand.