BAI to revise draws after high court ruling
New Delhi: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) Thursday had to revise its draws for the doubles competitions of the National Championships here after the Bombay High Court Wednesday directed them to allow Prajakta Sawant to participate in the mixed doubles event.
Prajakta’s entry, sent along with Sanave Thomas, was never accepted in the draw list as the latter’s name was withdrawn by his state federation, the Kerala Badminton (Shuttle) Association (KBSA), on the player`s request.
“Yes, we are including Prajakta in the draw now as the court has directed us and we respect the court’s judgment. This has led to reshuffling of the draws. Basically, when Sanave got to know that his entry was sent he asked his state association to withdraw it,” BAI vice-president T.P.S. Puri told IANS at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Thursday.
"No, I did not send my entry for the mixed doubles competition. I only sent it for men`s doubles which is why I asked to withdraw my name (from mixed doubles competition). I will reach New Delhi tonight at 11 p.m.," Sanave Thomas told IANS.
Prakjata and Sanave had recently won the mixed doubles title at the Bahrain International Challenge in November.
Sources told IANS that KBSA secretary and BAI vice-president S. Muralidharan had not given clearance to Thomas to take part in the mixed doubles event partnering Prajakta at the National Championships despite their good showing in Bagrain.
Prajakta will now partner Kamaldeep Singh in the individual championships which commence Friday.
Sources also said that names of Akshay Dewalkar and Pradnya Gadre, who were earlier not part of the draw, were also being entered during the revision despite Nov 27 being the deadline for accepting entries.
However, Puri clarified that this was BAI’s fault as they had “missed” seeing their entries.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Growing sense of despondency in India from last 6-8 months: Aamir Khan
- I am surviving only on 25% of my liver today, says Big B
- Aamir Khan's 'intolerance' comment kicks up row
- Exclusive: Sudhir Chaudhary in conversation with Aamir Khan on intolerance in India!
- Rahul Gandhi spotted with hate speech convict Imran Masood in Saharanpur
- Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh bypoll results: As it happened on November 24
- Aamir Khan feels intolerance growing in India, says his wife suggested moving out of India
- Intolerance issue: When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’, Anupam Kher asks Aamir Khan
- Tirupati, Tirumala rains update: Temple remains open; pilgrims continue to pour in for darshan
- BJP's big poser to Aamir Khan: Is there any better neighbour for Muslims than a Hindu?