Why Jwala Gutta is unhappy with Premier Badminton League scoring system
Jwala Gutta, who along with Ashwini Ponappa clinched gold in women’s doubles in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, feels the quality of the game will definitely go down with the new changes in format.other sports Updated: Jan 10, 2017 19:32 IST
Jwala Gutta, the badminton doubles specialist, on Tuesday appeared critical of the new scoring system adopted by the Premier Badminton League (PBL), saying it will only hamper the technique of the shuttlers.
Jwala Gutta, who along with Ashwini Ponappa clinched gold in women’s doubles in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, said the quality of the game will definitely go down with the new changes in format.
The ongoing second edition of the Premier Badminton League underwent a change in format with the introduction of the race to 11 points, and a decisive play at 14-14 should the game get that far.
“From a player’s perspective, when you shorten the game, the technique of the player goes for a toss. Personally, I am not really up for the 11-point scoring system as the quality of badminton will surely go down.” Jwala Gutta, who plays for the Delhi Acers, told reporters here.
The 2016 Uber Cup bronze-medallist also lamented the fact that there is no bench strength in the doubles circuit after she and Ashwini Ponappa recently split. They formed a formidable pair till now.
“I am probably in the last phase of my career and till now I don’t see any formidable Indian pair either in women’s doubles or mixed doubles. That is what saddens me,” Jwala Gutta said.
Commenting on the poor show from her franchise in the ongoing PBL, Jwala Gutta said: “It’s disappointing but frankly doesn’t matter a lot. It’s a part of learning.”
Jwala also criticised the treatment meted out to the doubles players in the country and rued the lack of financial support from private sports management firms.
“If you compare the ratio in support which the singles players get in comparison to the doubles players, it is 100:1. Doubles players have got zero support except from the government and that’s how we have been treated all throughout,” she said.
“The singles players get a specialised coach for each for their requirements but what about the doubles players? Just naming a coach nine months ahead of the Olympics won’t help you get medals,” she further said.
First Published: Jan 10, 2017 19:32 IST