Will Hold Preventing for Olympics: Saina Nehwal Calls Skipping CWG and Asian Video games Choice Trials ‘Barely Unsettling’


Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal  (BAI Photo)

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal (BAI Photograph)

Saina Nehwal stated she doesn’t wish to exert her physique by participating within the trials for Commonwealth Video games and Asian Video games

  • PTI
  • Final Up to date: April 13, 2022, 08:20 IST


Saina Nehwal’s possibilities of defending her title on the Commonwealth Video games appears bleak as she has determined to skip the choice trials for the upcoming multi-sport occasions.

She stated she doesn’t wish to exert her physique by participating within the trials as she had simply returned from tournaments in Europe and one other large occasion is arising. She additionally questioned the logic of getting trials at this juncture.

The massive-ticket occasions embrace the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham and the Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China.

The choice trials are scheduled right here from April 15 to twenty.


The 32-year-old Saina, a two-time CWG gold medallist and 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist, has knowledgeable the Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) about her resolution to skip the trials.

Saina stated she had e-mailed BAI in early April informing about her skipping the trials however there was no communication from the affiliation.

“I had written to them instantly after I got here to know concerning the trials. I didn’t need my physique to undergo one other match at a time once I had simply returned from the European leg and just a bit over every week stays for the Asian Championships,” Saina instructed PTI.

“It’s barely unsettling however its okay. I’ll maintain combating for the Olympics, within the different occasions and I’ve no points if another person is taken into account to be deserving and adequate to win a medal at Commonwealth Video games and Asian video games.”

The CWG squad will encompass 10 members with equal variety of women and men, whereas the Asian Video games and Thomas & Uber Cup contingents may have 20 members every, together with 10 males and 10 girls.

The BAI has made it clear that gamers inside the highest 15 within the BWF rankings shall be picked instantly, whereas the remaining shall be chosen from the trials which can see participation of shuttlers ranked between 16 to 50 within the newest world rankings, launched on March 29.

The nationwide governing physique may also be “finalising probables for the senior core group for the 2024 Olympic Video games” through the trials.

Saina stated gamers deserved extra time to arrange for the trials.

“I truthfully don’t perceive the logic of getting trials at this level. Why so many trials swiftly. It isn’t straightforward to carry out, with out expertise at such a excessive stage. Why do you want world rating then?

“The worldwide circuit is anyhow filled with so many tournaments and on high of it such trials places pointless strain. And so they may have deliberate it higher, say good 4-5 months, simply two weeks again to tell about it isn’t honest for anyone.”

Among the many present crop of ladies’s singles gamers, Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chaliha and Anupama Upadhyaya have been in good kind however none of them have crushed high worldwide stars on this planet stage.

Accidents and up to date kind

A former world primary, Saina has been battling a sequence of accidents and poor kind for the previous couple of years, which noticed see her rating slip to twenty third.

Saina, who had received gold medals on the 2010 and 2018 CWG, had suffered a critical knee harm forward of the Rio Olympics.

Final yr, She had harm her groin through the Thomas & Uber Cup Ultimate in Aarhus, Denmark in October, and he or she was additionally compelled to withdraw halfway within the first spherical match on the French Open attributable to a knee harm.

Her return to the circuit on the India Open ended within the second spherical when she misplaced to the fast-rising Malvika Bansod. After a spot of few weeks, she performed three occasions final month — German Open, All England and Swiss Open — however didn’t cross the second spherical.

Nevertheless, there have been glimses of her earlier self when she performed a three-game match in opposition to Akane Yamaguchi at this yr’s All England Open.

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