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BAI reluctant on Sania Nehwal’s wish to skip Asia Team Championship

Ace badminton player, Saina Nehwal, wants to skip the Asia Team Championship slated to be held from February 6 to 11 at Alor Setar in Malaysia. Saina, who is currently playing at the Indonesia Masters, has written a letter to Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow her to withdraw from the Asian event. Instead, she wants to utilize that period preparing for the All England Championship starting from March 14.  

But BAI is unhappy with her decision. The organization is hesitant to send the Indian team to Malayasia without Saina. The officials are trying to convince her to play the event. “It is a critical tournament since it is a qualifier for Thomas and Uber Cup. If we don’t qualify we will be out of the World group, so we will have to field the best team,” BAI secretary Anup Narang told.

In a written communication, BAI has requested Saina Nehwal to reconsider her decision and revise her training schedule to accommodate the Asian Championship in her calendar. Anup Narang added, “I understand she has come out of an injury and she is preparing for All England but my only request to the players is that they can schedule their training program in such a way that they can play in these important events.”

As announced by BAI, the Indian women’s team comprises of P V Sindhu, Krishna Priya and Ruthvika Gaade along with Saina. The winner be decided on three singles and two doubles matches. Indian women’s team has reached the semifinals in the 2014 and 2016 editions of the Uber Cup.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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