“It is a belated birthday gift for me,” says R. Satwiksairaj, who along with Chirag Shetty, were named for the Arjuna Award for their consistent performances in badminton.

“The celebrations were on last week [for his 20th birthday]. Now, we have to celebrate this great moment again. I thought I had 50-50 chances of getting it and was a bit tense when told that only one of us could get it. But I am glad that both of us were named for the Award,” Satwik tells Sportstar.

“The Award is special for me for I am getting it at a very young age and after playing for only four years at the international stage. So, in terms of motivation, it is a huge thing for me. This also means recognition of you as a player and that should spur us for achieving much bigger,” he adds.

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