HYDERABAD: Has a mistake at the part of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) cost HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth the threat to compete at the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which kicks off in Wuhan on Tuesday?
Prannoy became the bronze medallist ultimate year. By missing out for no fault of his, Prannoy can be unable to guard the points he secured final yr.
As in keeping with the policies, all top nations get four entries within the major draw. Last 12 months India fielded four shuttlers in guys’ singles.
Badminton Asia sends the listing of four eligible gamers to national institutions on the foundation in their ratings. It is learned that Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth were endorsed by using the Asian body. Surprisingly, BAI confirmed the entries of only two, leaving out Prannoy and Sai.
Moreover, four entries had been sent for combined doubles and all four teams are not India’s first preference pairs. Several international locations have now not only fielded four gamers, however, also shuttlers ranked lower than Prannoy and Sai inside the important draw. For instance, Srikanth’s opponent in the first spherical, Shesar Hiren Rhustavito is ranked 43 within the international, at the same time as Sai is No.20 and Prannoy is No.21. Prannoy and Praneeth got here to recognize of the goof up on Monday when the Indian supervisor attended the meeting in Wuhan.
“Each and each event is vital for us. I am upset with what has passed off,” Prannoy advised TOI. “Why I am elevating this problem is it could appear next year too. I do not want anyone to suffer because of the association’s negligence. If Malaysia and Indonesia are becoming 4 entries, why no longer India? I want a proof from our association,” he brought.
Players have been below stress within the previous few months over many problems like ticketing, clearances and entries. BAI’s Abhijeet used to deal with a lot of these problems, but ever considering that he left six months in the past, the players were encountering troubles on many counts.
BAI, but, clarified and stated that they were asked to send simplest entries in guys’s singles. “Based on the e-mail obtained from Badminton Asia, we have been asked to send names of gamers every for men singles, women’s singles; three names each for guys’s and ladies’s doubles and four gamers for mixed doubles and the draw that became posted based the World Ranking of gamers dated week of February 26, 2019, mentioned Kidambi Srikanth (international ranking 6) and Sameer Verma (international ranking eleven) within the predominant draw as per the ranking eligibility list published by means of Badminton Asia and the identical changed into followed to send the gamers for the Championships,” BAI said.
Problems aside, the Indian singles gamers have a respectable draw. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu face clean opponents inside the first spherical. In the quarterfinals, Sindhu is expected to stand Ji Hyun Sung of South Korea and Saina is to play Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. Srikanth may additionally face Chen Long of China in the quarterfinals, even as Sameer faces Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia in the 2nd round.
Chief coach Pullela Gopichand described the draw as tough. “The draw isn’t always difficult however challenging. Though the opponents inside the first round aren’t higher ranked players, they can supply a difficult time to our gamers,” Gopichand said.