Two-time Commonwealth Video games gold medallist Saina Nehwal on Thursday questioned the timing of choice trials and slammed the Badminton Affiliation of India for “placing” her out of the 2 mega sporting occasions later this yr.
The governing physique had referred to as for choice trials on April 2 to select the Indian workforce for big-ticket occasions together with the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, the Asian Video games in Hangzhou and Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in Bangkok from Could 8 to fifteen.
Saina, a former world no 1, stated she had knowledgeable BAI about her determination to skip the trials which begins on the IG Stadium on Friday however it didn’t imply that she was not desirous to take part on the main occasions together with the Commonwealth Video games and Asiad.
“Stunned to see all of the articles stating that I don’t need to defend my CWG title and my Asiad medal. I’m simply not taking part within the trials as a result of I simply acquired again from 3 weeks of Europe occasions and in keeping with the schedule there’s Asian Championships,” Saina tweeted.
“In 2 weeks time, as a senior participant to take part in again to again occasions nonstop is not possible and it’s risking accidents, such quick discover isn’t doable. I’ve conveyed this to BAI however there was no response from them. It looks like they’re completely happy to place me out of CWG n Asiad.”
BAI has exempted gamers inside the highest 15 within the BWF rankings from the trials however stated shuttlers ranked between 16 to 50 within the newest world rankings, launched on March 29, must take part within the trials to be chosen for the workforce.
Saina, 32, nonetheless, questioned the logic of getting trials at this juncture.
“I want we had higher understanding about learn how to handle a schedule and never announce occasions with 10 days discover. I’m world no.23 presently and I virtually beat the world no.1 Akane in All England. One loss at India open and BAI tries to tug me down. Surprising.”
Saina, a London Olympics bronze medallist, had participated on the German Open (March 8-13), All England Championships (March 16-20) and Swiss Open (March 22-27) earlier than pulling out of the Korean Open (April 5-10).
Saina has been battling accidents and poor kind for the previous couple of years, which noticed see her rating slip to twenty third however she did present indicators of returning to kind when she performed a three-game match in opposition to Akane Yamaguchi at this yr’s All England Championships.
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 prime worldwide stars on the planet stage.
Saina had returned to the circuit after recovering from a groin and knee harm this yr however she didn’t have the specified outcomes as her India Open marketing campaign ended within the second spherical.
After a spot of few weeks, she performed three occasions final month — German Open, All England and Swiss Open — the place she did not cross the second spherical.