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BAI conduct raises questions

other Updated: Jul 14, 2010 00:06 IST
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The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Tuesday selected a four-member team for the Chinese Taipei and Macau Open.

However, the way BAI went about its business has raised questions over the apex body's style of functioning.

HT lists a few questions being asked in badminton circles:

BAI sent entries of eight players as per the Commonwealth Elite Squad programme chalked out at the start of the year. Last week, four of the eight players were asked to make their arrangements for the trip or withdraw before July 11, the last date to do so.

They complied and the selectors effectively rubber-stamped a decision already made. What is the point in holding a selection committee meeting? What is the point of having an Elite Squad and chalking out a programme for it?

BAI president, VK Verma, told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday that the team was going at the government's cost. Why was the team cut down to four when the government has not put a cap on the players to be selected? Also, why were the players asked to withdraw?

Verma claimed that the team is being sent under the youth development programme. In that case, how is the 29-year-old Chetan Anand part of the squad?

The Sports Ministry has, after Verma was re-elected president for the fourth term against Ministry guidelines, clarified that it would only fund the CWG training programme.

So, where does the question of sending a team under the youth development program arise? Who will fund this team if it is not the CWG Elite Squad?