German golfer and twice Masters winner Bernhard Langer once remarked, "Be decisive. A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision."
Recently, Hong Kong shuttler Hu Yun found himself in a similar dilemma. Faced with two competitions to choose from, Hu opted for the novice instead of the pro.
The choice was between a battlefield where the world's leading players compete - the Chinese National Games - and the Indian Badminton League (IBL).
Despite being among the select few to be invited to the Chinese nationals, world No 8 Hu let go of the opportunity. "I was invited to play in the Chinese National Games, but when I was contacted by the IBL officials, I came for it instead," he tells HT, after a training session with his Banga Beats teammates. "Though I knew what I would miss, the IBL was new and a different format. I wanted to try it."
The world's finest players are from China and all of them decided to give the IBL a miss, to prepare for their national games scheduled from August 31 to September 12. In fact, they have accorded such priority to the nationals that they have stayed away from the IBL though the two events overlap by just a day.
Hu insisted he was fully aware of the risk involved in taking part in an inaugural event. "Since I am from Hong Kong, I had a choice. But I was aware I will be skipping something very competitive. Luckily, the badminton quality has been decent here."
Hu put the non-participation of the Chinese in the IBL in perspective. "Had they come over, it would have been better, but then they have so many tournaments in China they don't need the IBL. They prefer to play there than go elsewhere," Hu says with a shrug of the shoulders.