Saina Nehwal pulls out of Commonwealth and Asian Games selection trials

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Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal has decided to skip the upcoming selection trials for this year’s Commonwealth Games as well as Asian Games, citing her recent return from the tournaments in Europe and has informed her decision to the Badminton Association of India (BAI).

The 2012 London Olympic Games bronze medallist and two-time Commonwealth gold medallist, Saina participated in three events last month- German Open, All England and Swiss Open but couldn’t go past the second round, in the wake of another second round finish at the India Open.

With the selection trials set to take place from 15th to 20th April, Saina revealed to PTI in a recent interview that she didn’t want to undergo another tournament, as well as questioning the need for so many trials.

“I had written to them immediately after I came to know about the trials. I didn’t want my body to go through another tournament at a time when I had just returned from the European leg and just a little over a week remains for the Asian Championships,” said Saina, “It is slightly unsettling but its okay. I will keep fighting for the Olympics, in the other events and I have no issues if someone else is considered to be deserving and good enough to win a medal at Commonwealth Games and Asian games.”

“I honestly don’t understand the logic of having trials at this point. Why so many trials all of a sudden. It is not easy to perform, without experience at such a high level. Why do you need world ranking then?” the star shuttler went on, “The international circuit is anyways crammed with so many tournaments and on top of it such trials puts unnecessary pressure. And they could have planned it better, say good 4-5 months, just two weeks back to inform about it is not fair for anybody.”


  • Saina Nehwal has decided to opt out of the upcoming selection trials for this year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games

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