BAI Did Not Send My Entry for China Open: Jwala Gutta

BAI Did Not Send My Entry for China Open: Jwala Gutta

Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta today said she might miss out of playing in next month's China Open as the Badminton Association of India (BAI) didn't send her entry for the Super Series Premier event by the stipulated October 8 deadline.

The China Open is scheduled to be held from November 12 to 17 in Shanghai and the last date for sending the entries was last Tuesday.

However, Jwala said she learnt today that her entry was not sent by the BAI for the China Open.

"I have no idea. I just learnt from Ashwini (Ponnappa) that they did not send my China Open entries also. I was supposed to play at my own cost. I am not even asking them to put me in the team," Jwala told reporters.

"I am playing tournaments at my own cost. Even then, you are stopping me from playing, who are you to stop me from playing? Whose way I am coming. I am not coming anybody's way also. You send who you want to. I am playing at my own cost.

"Why do you see me as a threat? I hope they will send my entries. I want to play badminton. That is my only aim in life," she added.

The BAI had earlier withdrawn her name from next week's Denmark Open after forming a three-member committee to decide on the recommended life ban on the top shuttler by its disciplinary committee for a disciplinary breach in the IBL.

Jwala regretted that Chief National coach Pullela Gopichand expressed his inability to help her after the BAI disciplinary committee recommended the life ban on her.

"I had called Gopi but he said he could not help," Jwala said.

Facing a life ban, Jwala had dragged BAI to the Delhi High Court, which allowed her to participate in upcoming tournaments yesterday.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist today said that she wants to focus on her game and play tournaments.

"I want to get back into the badminton court. I like being here (Lal Bahadur stadium in Hyderabad where she practices). I want to play tournaments. I am much stronger now," she said.

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