Four Indian shuttlers — two boys and two girls — are in Nanjing, China, to take part in the ongoing Asian Youth Games. But they are whiling away their time idly in the athletes’ village as their names have not been included in the badminton draw, it has been learnt.
Harsheel Dani (Maharashtra) and Aditya Joshi (Gujarat) are the two boys who had reached the Chinese city hosting the multi-discipline event along with the two girls — Rituparna Das (West Bengal) and Reshma Karthik (Karnataka) — on Friday, with the other Indian contingent members. They are accompanied by a coach hailing from Punjab, sources said.
The Indian contingent, numbering around 90, is participating as independent Olympic athletes since the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been debarred by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Informed sources said on Saturday that all four players, whose names are not found in the draw for men’s and women’s singles respectively, are “sitting idle, twiddling their thumbs at the village which is 40km away from the city centre”.
“They don’t have any practice facilities and any accreditation. Therefore, they cannot go to the stadium to practice or even watch the matches.
“They are sitting idle and are scheduled to return along with the other Indians on August 20,” sources said. — PTI