Zee media Bureau/Manushree Chaumal
New Delhi: Top shuttler Jwala Gutta who was recently allowed to participate in upcoming tournaments by the High Court has refused to tender an apology to the Badminton Association of India (BAI) claiming that she has done nothing wrong.
“I have not done anything wrong. Why should I say sorry?” she said in an interview with Zee Media.
The BAI`s disciplinary committee had recommended a life ban on Gutta for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League in August this year.
“The association should take care of the players and not trouble them. I practice for 8 hours a day. I don’t know why they have a problem with me. I love the game and will continue playing it till I want to,” said Gutta.
The court observed that till the final view is taken by the committee, she should be allowed to take part in tournaments. The two upcoming badminton tournaments in which Gutta was to participate are Denmark Open scheduled from October 15 to 20 and French Open from October 22 to 27. The BAI, however, on Wednesday withdrew the selection of Gutta and her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa from Denmark Open.
“It is really sad to that I have to take permission to play. This is such a sorry state of affair, Probably, that is why India doesn’t have many medalists,"she added.
Gutta has sought quashing of the life ban recommendation of the BAI disciplinary committee. Gutta has alleged that the association`s approach was "pre-determined" and has been taken to single her out.
On being asked, if national coach Pullella Gopichand has issues with her, she refused to single out any names. “I am not going to take any names. I am here to play,” she said.
With PTI inputs