'One loss at India open...': Saina Nehwal accuses BAI of 'pulling her down'

Published on Apr 14, 2022 07:13 PM IST
Saina Nehwal had won a gold medal at the Gold Coast (CWG) in 2018 after defeating PV Sindhu. In Jakarta, where the Asian Games were held, the former world number one had won a bronze after losing her semifinal tie against Tai Tzu Ying.
Saina Nehwal in action (Getty Images)
Saina Nehwal in action (Getty Images)
ByHT Sports Desk

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Thursday put an end to the speculations of her skipping the Commonwealth and Asian Games trial, which is scheduled to be held in New Delhi from April 15 to 20. Saina shunned media reports which claimed that the ace Indian shuttler is not keen on defending her Commonwealth and Asian Games medal, which will be held later this year.

Saina had won a gold medal at the Gold Coast (CWG) in 2018 after defeating PV Sindhu in the women's singles event. In Jakarta, where the Asian Games were held in the same year, the former world number one had won bronze after losing her semifinal tie against Tai Tzu Ying. The shuttler in a series of tweets, expressed her plight on the scheduling of the trials, which she believes may risk injuries.

Saina also took shots at the Badminton Association of India (BAI), accusing them of pulling her down relating it to her early exit from India Open. Nehwal had lost to 20-year-old Malvika Bansod at the event in New Delhi, who calls the former her idol.

Saina, 32, a two-time CWG gold medallist, had earlier informed BAI about her decision to skip the trials. Saina said she had e-mailed BAI in early April informing about her skipping the trials but there was no communication from the association.

"I had written to them immediately after I came to know about the trials. I didn't want my body to go through another tournament at a time when I had just returned from the European leg and just a little over a week remains for the Asian Championships," Saina told PTI.

"It is slightly unsettling but its okay. I will keep fighting for the Olympics, in the other events and I have no issues if someone else is considered to be deserving and good enough to win a medal at Commonwealth Games and Asian games."

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