In a startling move, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has withdrawn the entry of G. Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa from the women’s doubles event of next week’s Denmark Open even as the flamboyant Hyderabad shuttler waited for her petition, seeking participation in the event, to be heard by the Delhi High Court on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Jwala moved the court seeking to allow her participation in overseas events against the diktats of the BAI.
However, the demise of a lawyer forced the adjournment of all hearings at the court. The matter will come up in the court of Justice V.K. Jain on Thursday.
The withdrawal of entry was reflected on the Denmark Open website. As a result, top seeded Chinese pair of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang moved into the second round.
Jwala’s father Kranti told The Hindu that his daughter was upset with the move but was calm.
“We will decide our course of action once the Delhi High Court takes up her plea. The denial to play an event or two can be dealt with. We can’t help it. Jwala’s ultimate aim is to qualify for the next Olympics and bring a medal for the country,” he said.