Don’t fight over petty issues: High Court tells BAI, players

FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 11:17 PM IST
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Asks to consider allowing players Jwala Gutta and Prajakta Sawant to participate in the upcoming  international tournaments.

MUMBAI: The Bombay High court on Thursday directed the Badminton Association of India (BAI) to consider allowing badminton players Jwala Gutta and Prajakta Sawant to participate in the upcoming international tournaments. The court also observed that due to the fights between the players and the organisations over trivial issues, the sport is suffering.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A V Mohta was hearing a petition filed by aspiring badminton player Prajakta Sawant against renowned badminton player and coach Pullela Gopichand after she was denied entry to the All India National Coaching Camp being held at Gopichand’s academy in Hyderabad. She had also accused him of favouring players from his own academy and alleged that he had destroyed the career of many promising badminton players. In a previous hearing, the court had directed that BAI to file an affidavit on why the national selector was permitted to run a private training camp.

Sawant informed the court on Thursday that she had submitted an application along with Jwala Gutta to BAI seeking an entry in the upcoming international tournaments such as German Open and All England Open Badminton Championships. However the lawyer representing BAI, informed court that Sawant will have to follow the proper protocols which states that the association with which the player is affiliated will have to submit the proposalon her behalf.

The court however noted that Sawant has not been allowed to participate in any tournament over the last six months.
“Why do you (BAI) want to spoil her career? Why should the players and the authority fight in this manner? This way only the sport is suffering.” The court also observed that Sawant would not be able to submit another proposal before the deadline, January 29.

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