India’s ace women’s doubles badminton player G. Jwala has decided not to respond right now to the recommendation of the disciplinary committee of the Badminton Association of India that she be banned for life for “trying to stop Krish Delhi Smashers from playing in an IBL league match”.

“I have decided not to talk on the subject on the advice of my lawyers. However I will reply at the right time on the issue including the apology part of it,” Jwala told The Hindu . She indicated that she would seek the advice of her mentor Dronacharya awardee S.M. Arif in this regard.

It may be recalled here that Jwala has been given seven days’ time to reply to the issue although she says that she is yet to be served the notice. — Special Correspondent

No need to apologise

Meanwhile, Arif, who has trained Jwala since she was 10-years old, said that there was no need for the champion doubles player to tender any apology.

“What crime did she commit that she should apologise (for)? Jwala was only questioning the organisers of the IBL and she was well within the rules and regulations to do so.

“She did it after a particular player was changed in the Banga Beats line-up minutes before the commencement of the match. Was this not a violation of the IBL rules?” Arif questioned.

“Moreover it was a team event and Jwala’s reaction was in the interest of the franchisee and not for herself,” he pointed out.

What could be the possible options before Jwala? The renowned coach, who has trained many leading shuttlers in India including current chief national coach and former All England champion P. Gopi Chand, was firm in his belief that the player in question should file a defamation suit against the BAI.

“This is not the way to treat someone like Jwala. who along with Ashwini Ponnappa, has won a bronze in the World Championship. She deserves a better deal,” the former national coach stated.

“I believe that that they have defamed Jwala by going to the media without even sending the notice to the player. How can they be so autocratic in their behaviour. It is bad for the sport,” said Arif.

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