"Why Am I Not In Camp": Kashyap Questions Selection Criteria For Olympics

Former Commonwealth Video games champion Parupalli Kashyap on Tuesday puzzled his omission from the continued nationwide badminton camp in Hyderabad, pronouncing that limiting it to simply 8 Olympic hopefuls is “illogical”. The 33-year-old, a former global no.6, insisted that he too has an outdoor probability of qualifying for the Tokyo Video games however he has no strategy to pursue it as he cannot educate on the camp. “I’ve a few questions in regards to the camp. I to find it illogical to permit handiest Eight other people to coach. Additionally, how are those Eight, Olympic hopefuls as a result of I feel handiest three have virtually showed their slot and leisure have an outdoor probability together with Srikanth and the ladies’s doubles pair,” Kashyap informed PTI.

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

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

Kashyap, who along side spouse and fellow shuttler Saina Nehwal, has been coaching at a separate facility close to the academy, stated he shared his ideas with SAI however did not get a ample reaction.

“Gopi bhaiya (Pullela Gopichand) recommended me to talk to SAI as they made the record. So I spoke to SAI DG and requested him what’s the common sense in the back of it? Why am I now not within the camp? Who made up our minds that we wouldn’t have a possibility to qualify when 7-Eight tournaments are nonetheless left,” he stated.

“An afternoon later, a SAI assistant director referred to as me and stated this can be a directive which has come from upper officers and they have got spoken to BAI and SAI, who consider handiest those other people have a possibility to qualify which I discovered to be peculiar,” he added.

“I used to be informed that handiest Eight other people will educate until the Tokyo Video games to stay the Olympic hopefuls secure. Now nobody is staying on the centre, all are the usage of gyms at other centres, they’re assembly other people outdoor, so I do not perceive their clarification of holding them secure.”

Kashyap reiterated that the SAI Pullela Gopichand academy is provided with sufficient courts to house extra avid gamers.

“The nationwide centre has 9 courts and recently handiest 4 individuals are coaching. There are nine coaches and two physios for 4 avid gamers who’re coaching for a most of 2 and a part hours.

“So remainder of the time the courtroom is empty. Why cannot different avid gamers educate for the remainder of the time? It is not sensible to me,” he stated.

“All over else all are coaching in combination, in Bangalore, Lakshya (Sen), who additionally has an outdoor probability like me, is coaching with the remainder. If I will’t educate on the camp, how will I pursue Olympic qualification?”

International champion P V Sindhu, along side B Sai Praneeth, former global no.1 Kidambi Srikanth and ladies’s doubles participant N Sikki Reddy have resumed coaching below strict protection protocols on the Gopichand Academy, finishing a four-month-long coronavirus-forced hiatus.

Amongst different Olympic hopefuls, the lads’s doubles pairing of Chirag and Satwiksairaj, who’re recently in Mumbai and Amalapuram (Andhra Pradesh) respectively, are cautious of the COVID-19 danger and feature made up our minds to stay up for a couple of extra days prior to selecting becoming a member of the camp.


Girls’s doubles participant Ponnappa, who companions Sikki within the global circuit, will sign up for if there’s sufficient readability at the global calendar. The Bangalore-based shuttler is recently coaching on 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 three to 11 in Aarhus, Denmark.

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