Finally the cat is out of the bag. India’s badminton star Saina Nehwal has decided to tie the knot with another badminton star Parupalli Kashyap.
The marriage will be on December 16 and reception on Dec 21. With this, one more star couple is set to get married. According to a news daily report, the duo plans to tie the knot at a simple wedding ceremony in Hyderabad with a private gathering of 100 of their ‘dearest and nearest’ and a grand reception thereafter.
Both Saina and Kashyap belong to Hyderabad and so the venue of the wedding is a foregone conclusion. A source quoted to the daily that the families of both the players were planning it for a while and now, they have finalised the dates. Saina and Kashyap have been training in Gopichand’s academy since 2005. Earlier too there were reports of the two dating but both remained silent about their relationship. They have known each other for more than ten years. They have shared plenty of photographs together on social media which was enough to tell their ‘love’ story.
In the past, Saina has mentioned Kashyap’s name as a source of her inspiration. During Saina’s ups and downs, Kashyap was believed to have been a solid support. One important occasion was the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast when after winning the singles gold medal there, she had mentioned Kashyap and said that he played an important role in her success. Saina has 20 major titles to her name, which includes an Olympic bronze and silver at the World Championships. Kashyap has also reached ranking of of World No. 6 before injuries and asthma came in the way of his bright career.
Kashyap was awarded the Arjuna Award by Government of India in 2012. He created history by reaching the Quarterfinals of men's singles at the 2012 London Olympics, being the only male player from India to do so. At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in men's singles. Kashyap was the Icon Player for the Indian Badminton League team, Banga Beats in the 2013 edition.
When he was in Bangalore for a period of three years, he joined the Padukone Academy. But when his family returned to Hyderabad In 2004 Kashyap was diagnosed with asthma. Though the diagnosis came as a shock to him, the determination to become an international player moved him forward. Eventually, he put in a lot of effort with determination to overcome the problem. Though his condition began to improve, he bid adieu to active playing.