Govt decides to honor Sangina Baidya

15th, Feb 2015

"My contribution has been duly recognized. This will encourage new athletes," taekwando player Sangina Baidya said after the government decided to honour her with Rs 1.5 million.

The meeting of the council of ministers held on Thursday decided to award the cash prize to the former national player for being the first Nepali player to represent the country in the Olympics after passing through the qualifying matches. Baidya, 36, who represented Nepal in different international events for one and half decade, won two gold medals for Nepal in the South Asian Games (SAG).

Baidya served the country since the age of 16 before retiring five years ago to take the role of a national coach. She is the only Nepali player to win gold in the SAG. "The government's step has motivated other players as well," she said after the government decision. She added that she would use a part of the money for the development of Taekwondo in the country. She was forced to abandon important competitions late in her career due to problem in her legs. RSS

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