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… overseas events against the diktats of the Badminton Association of India. However, the demise of a lawyer forced adjournment of all hearings. The matter will come up before Justice V.K. Jain on Thursday.
The withdrawal of entry was reflected on the Denmark Open website. As a result, top seeded Chinese pair Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang moved into the second round.
The timing of withdrawal has stunned the badminton fraternity in the country.
“I can’t believe how Badminton Association of India officials could stoop so low to haunt a player who has done the country so proud,” reacted a former player of stature. “I understand it is a matter of ego for those in power in the Badminton Association of India. But what is the fault of poor Ashwini in the whole controversy? She is getting penalised for no fault of hers.” Jwala’s father Kranti told The Hindu that his daughter was upset at the move but was calm. “We will decide our course of action once the Delhi High Court takes up her plea. I spoke to Jwala and she wants a permanent solution to the problem. 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.”
Jwala and Ashwini, bronze medallists in the 2011 World championship and winners of the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold, had planned to join hands once again at the Denmark Open, starting October 15, after having last played as a pair in the 2012 Olympics in London. Apparently, their move to come together has not gone down well with the BAI.