Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 1:
Odisha’s child chess superstar and World Under-10 Girl’s Chess Champion and Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Saina Salonika has been nominated for the National Child Award 2014 for her exceptional achievements in chess and in the fields of modeling, anchoring and dance.
In a letter to Saina, the Union Women and Child Development department has informed that she would receive the award from the President of India at the Rastrapati Bhavan on November 14 on the occasion of Children’s Day.
The award carries a cash award of Rs 10,000, a silver medal and a certificate.
Apart from winning a gold medal in the World Youth Chess Championship 2013 at Dubai, Saina has also won several international and national competitions.
She won gold medals in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in 2012, Asian School Chess Championship in Colombo in 2010 and in New Delhi in 2012.
She also got bronze medal in the World Youth Chess Championship 2011 at Caldas Novas, Brazil and became the youngest ever girl from Odisha to get International Title of Woman Candidate Master in 2012.
She became National Under-7 Chess Champion in 2010 and also National School Chess Champion in 2012. She is also a three-time state champion in her age group in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Apart from chess, Saina has outstanding achievements in other areas.
She had anchored Generation Z, a popular child programme in a TV channel and also done modeling and participated in a number of programmes in different TV channels.
She has also won more than fifty prizes in modern dance, fashion show and painting.
Besides, she also topped in English Olympiad for the year 2012-13 and also got award in the i-genius National Talent Scholarship Examination.
This multi-faceted budding genius is student of Standard-VI at the KIIT International School in Bhubaneswar.