New Delhi, Apr 11: India’s Olympic silver medal-winning shuttler PV Sindhu among the nine shuttlers who are looking for a position in the Badminton World Federation’s Athletes Commission.
Alongside, Sindhu relatively unknown male shuttler Nikhar Garge is also in the fray. Garge is known for his anti-established voice than his performance on the court. His current doubles ranking is 37th in January.
His nomination has surprised many. It has happened because he expressed his desire to contest for a slot in BWF Athletes’ Commission. Also read: PV Sindhu achieves career-best ranking, becomes world No. 2
The lesser-known Mumbai shuttler launched an online petition in May 2016 urging BWF to let players have a greater autonomy by allowing them to register directly for international tournament instead of their mandatory participation.
The nominations date got over on March 27. Six men and three women are contesting for the BWF Athletes’ Commission elections.
Alongside Sindhu, the list also featured former world No. 1 in men’s doubles and former European men’s singles champion. Also read: The China Wall is already broken, says shuttler PV Sindhu
Others who nominated their names are Lithuania’s Akville Stapusaityte, Ugandan Edwin Ekiring, Malaysian Koo Kien Keat, Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour, Mexico’s Luis Ramon Garrido Esquivel, German Marc Zwiebler and Korea’s Yoo Yeon Seong.
The current members will be replaced by three persons. Tan (Belgium), Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus (Denmark) and Greysia Polii (Indonesia) — who will complete their four-year term in May.
As per the rules of BWF, at least one male and one female player must be elected. The third position will be filled by a player who won the highest number of votes.
On May 24 — the date on which players attending the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast will be able to vote in person at the stadium.
(With PTI inputs)