The Asian Badminton Championships was dealt a blow on Friday when India's star shuttler, Chetan Anand, pulled out, citing a knee sprain. The event starts in the Capital from April 12.
Anand felt the pain during practice. “My doctor has advised me rest for at least 10 days. I will miss the Asians. I don't want to take risk,” he told HT from Hyderabad.
Asked why he gave such a coveted event a miss, the world No. 18 said, “ There are a couple of important meets lined up in June (India Open and Thomas Cup finals from May 8), I would rather miss the Asians than aggravate my injury,” he said.
Anand had played the All-England C’ships and Swiss Open in March. Though he had been rested for two matches against in the Thomas Cup Asian Zone qualifiers in February, he managed to hit form again.