Saina criticizes BWF for rules in Thailand

Bangkok, 5 January (IANS). Olympic medalist Indian women’s badminton player Saina Nehwal on Tuesday criticized the World Badminton Federation (BWF) for a range of rules ahead of the upcoming tournaments in Thailand.

The first Thailand Open is to be held from 12 to 17 January, which will be Saina’s first badminton tournament since All England in March last year.

Saina targeted the BWF for not allowing her to meet the trainers (trainers) and physio before the tournament with several restrictions. He expressed displeasure over the restrictions imposed by the BWF under the Kovid-19 protocol and made several tweets.

Saina wrote in the first tweet, even after everyone’s negative test, physio and trainers cannot meet us? How will we keep ourselves fit for four weeks. We want to play the tournament in better condition. Please solve this.

In his second tweet, he said, the entire team is getting just one hour of practice time. Have to gym at the same time. Till March is the time for Olympic qualification, it is not good for fitness.

Saina also said that the players should have been made aware in advance that they would not be allowed to meet their sports staff in Thailand.

He said, we are not being given time for warm-up / cooldown / stretching /. Here we are talking about the competition between the best players in the world. We have spent a lot to get the physio and trainer here. If they cannot help us, why was it not told to us earlier?

Saina said in her last tweet, has tried to contact BWF, but has not received any reply so far.

The Indian badminton team and staff left for Thailand on Sunday to take part in the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament and BWF World Tour Finals.

Olympic medal contenders Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and B.V. Sai Praneeth is involved while world champion PV Sindhu leaves for Thailand directly from England. Sindhu has been training in England since October.

The first Thailand Open is to be played from 12 to 17 January and the second Thailand Open from 19 to 24 January. After this, the World Tour Finals will start from 27 January, which will run till 31 January.

This will be the first tournament for Indian badminton players since the Corona virus epidemic. However, Srikanth played at the Denmark Open in October.

The team also has star men’s doubles pair Satwikasiraj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and doubles players Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy. Apart from him, HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma, Dhruv Kapila and Manu Attri have also accompanied the team.

–IANS

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