Women’s doubles shuttler Prajakta Sawant has questioned the validity of the India badminton squad selected for the South Asian Games claiming the national champions have been snubbed for the multi-sports event.
However, Badminton Association of India (BAI) chief Himanta Biswa Sarma has rejected the allegations
“BAI select team for tournaments on the basis of a set criteria. Team for South Asian Games have also been selected as per set criteria which is in consonance with the affidavit filed by BAI in Delhi and Kerala High court. No favour has been given to any one,” Sarma told PTI.
Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat K won the women’s double title at the national badminton earlier this year but have failed to find a place in the squad. As per the official SAG website, doubles players Kuhoo Garg, Meghana Jakkampudi and Anoushka Parikh are part of the 11-member Indian squad.
In a series of tweet on her unverified Twitter account on Saturday, Prajakta called their exclusion ‘injustice’ and requested BAI chief Himanta Biswa to look into the issues.
“SAF Games team for Badminton is already decided unofficially..players are putting stories on Instagram and Facebook of arriving at Nepal. On what basis the selection has been done?? @himantabiswa @BAI_Media I think media must take a look in the selection,” Prajakta tweeted.
She added, “Injustice is happening again and again Nationals champions of Woman doubles 2019 are not included in Indian team for SAF Games.. Teams are send for tournaments before it’s officially announced what the @BAI_Media and @himantabiswa is doing..”
In her final tweet, she also accused of shuttlers belonging to national coach Pullela Gopichand’s academy getting preferential treatment. “Players from Gopichand academy are only supposed to play for Indian team??who doesn’t even participate in All India tournaments and are selected directly to the Indian team? @BAI_Media @himantabiswa please answer..” she posted.
The badminton team events at SAG will get underway from Sunday while the individual competitions start from December 3.