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“Why Am I No longer In Nationwide Camp”: Parupalli Kashyap Questions Option Standards For Tokyo Olympics

Parupalli Kashyap reiterated that the SAI academy has ample courts to accommodate more gamers.© Twitter

Dilapidated Commonwealth Video games champion Parupalli Kashyap on Tuesday questioned his omission from the ongoing nationwide badminton camp in Hyderabad, announcing that proscribing it to beautiful eight Olympic hopefuls is “illogical”. The 33-300 and sixty five days-outdated, a used world no.6, insisted that he too has an originate air likelihood of qualifying for the Tokyo Video games but he has no manner to pursue it as he can not practice at the camp. “I no doubt own just a few questions regarding the camp. I rep it illogical to enable simplest 8 participants to practice. Also, how are these 8, Olympic hopefuls attributable to I deem simplest 3 own nearly confirmed their slot and leisure own an originate air likelihood at the side of Srikanth and the girls’s doubles pair,” Kashyap told PTI.

“I’m ranked 23rd on the earth rating after Sai (B Sai Praneeth) and (Kidambi) Srikanth, then why have not I been regarded as,” he requested.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) had allowed resumption of practising at the SAI-Pullela Gopichand Academy from August 7 following the Telangana government’s approval on August 1.

Kashyap, who along with partner and fellow shuttler Saina Nehwal, has been practising at a separate facility shut to the academy, said he shared his thoughts with SAI but didn’t gain a sufficient response.

“Gopi bhaiya (Pullela Gopichand) told me to consult with SAI as they made the listing. So I spoke to SAI DG and requested him what’s the logic at the again of it? Why am I no longer in the camp? Who decided that we create no longer own a giant gamble to qualify when 7-8 tournaments are restful left,” he said.

“A day later, a SAI assistant director known as me and said here’s a directive which has come from higher officers and they’ve spoken to BAI and SAI, who imagine simplest these participants own a giant gamble to qualify which I found to be odd,” he added.

“I develop into as soon as told that simplest 8 participants will practice till the Tokyo Video games to salvage the Olympic hopefuls safe. Now no one is staying at the centre, all are the usage of gyms at assorted centres, they’re assembly participants originate air, so I create no longer impress their clarification of preserving them safe.”

Kashyap reiterated that the SAI Pullela Gopichand academy is supplied with ample courts to accommodate more gamers.

“The nationwide centre has nine courts and currently simplest four participants are practising. There are 9 coaches and two physios for four gamers who’re practising for a maximum of two and a half of hours.

“So leisure of the time the court is empty. Why can not other gamers practice for the leisure of the time? It is mindless to me,” he said.

“In all places else all are practising together, in Bangalore, Lakshya (Sen), who also has an originate air likelihood relish me, is practising with the leisure. If I can not practice at the camp, how will I pursue Olympic qualification?”

World champion P V Sindhu, along with B Sai Praneeth, used world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth and girls’s doubles participant N Sikki Reddy own resumed practising below strict security protocols at the Gopichand Academy, ending a four-month-long coronavirus-compelled hiatus.

Among other Olympic hopefuls, the males’s doubles pairing of Chirag and Satwiksairaj, who’re currently in Mumbai and Amalapuram (Andhra Pradesh) respectively, are wary of the COVID-19 possibility and own decided to appear at for just a few more days sooner than selecting joining the camp.


Women’s doubles participant Ponnappa, who companions Sikki in the arena circuit, will join if there could be ample clarity on the arena calendar. The Bangalore-based mostly shuttler is currently practising at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.

India’s subsequent project is the twice-rescheduled Thomas and Uber Cup Finals which is slated to be held from October 3 to 11 in Aarhus, Denmark.

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