Hyderabad: Tennis star Sania Mirza Thursday said she will "remain an Indian until the end", after a politician attacked the Telangana government for naming her the state's ambassador.
"I am married to Shoaib Malik, who is from Pakistan. I am an Indian, who will remain an Indian until the end of my life," Sania said in a statement here.
She said she was hurt that prominent politicians and the media were wasting precious time "on a petty issue of my being appointed the brand ambassador of my state Telangana.
So, my family belongs to Hyderabad for more than a century and I strongly condemn any attempts by any person, whosoever, to brand me-— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 24, 2014
- an outsider. I hope this clears all doubts and issues. SANIA MIRZA— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 24, 2014