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Aparna pulls out of Uber Cup

Upset over Badminton Association of India officials doubting her credebility, Aparna Popat has withdrawn from the Uber Cup qualifiers.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 15:44 IST

Upset over Badminton Association of India officials doubting her credebility, women's top player Aparna Popat has withdrawn from the Uber Cup qualifiers despite being fit for the premier team championship.

"She has faxed a message yesterday night in which she said that she is withdrawing from the tournament," BAI seceratary LC Gupta said.

The Uber Cup qualifiers are to be held in Jaipur from Feb 14 to 19.

"Nine-time national champion said in the letter that she has started light practising and wanted to play for the country but was withdrawing as she was hurt because some BAI officials have went to press giving comments against her," Gupta said.

Aparna did not report at the ongoing training camp at Jalandhar that commenced on Jan 20. A week later, on January 27, she wrote to the Association saying that her right wrist was injured and she would not be able to attend the camp for another 10 days.

BAI was not very happy with the way she did not report for the camp for seven days and then expressed her inability to take part in the camp for another ten days citing injury.

"We had consulted the coaches yesterday and had taken the decision of keeping her out of the team as she was short of practice, but before we could convey it to her she faxed this letter," Gupta said.

Aparna was probably unhappy over some BAI officials giving comments to the media in this context that she was not serious of playing in the championship.

"I do not know why she was hurt and who are the officials she was speaking about. But we will sort out the matter after the tournament as she is the best women's shuttler of the country.

"I don't think that it is a setback for us. We have Saina (Nehwal), Trupti (Murugunde), Aditi (Mutatkar) and others who are playing well and are up to the task," he said.

Eleven Asian teams including India would fight in the Asian qualifiers for berths in the finals of the championship to be played in Japan in May.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 15:44 IST