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My fight is against a setup, says Jwala

India’s ace women’s doubles shuttler, G. Jwala, said she would love to play on the badminton court and not engage in battles in the court of law. “That is not what I am looking for. I love to be out there,” she said pointing to Fateh Maidan Indoor Stadium courts, where she learnt the basics of the game since she was 10.

Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa will miss the next week’s Denmark Open championship, where they were slated to play in women’s doubles as they could not complete the formalities, including getting visa by 4 p.m. on Friday.

Speaking for the first time after the Delhi High Court order, which directed the Badminton Association of India (BAI) to let her compete in the Denmark Open pending final view by a BAI panel, Jwala said though the BAI was not in direct contact with her, she was informed that the association had communicated to the organisers withdrawing its letter that barred her entry in the wake of the recent IBL (Indian Badminton League) row.

“My fight is not against individuals but against a setup. I have done nothing wrong as captain of the Delhi Krrish Smashers franchisee in the IBL. I had the support of every one, including my franchisee owners and many former players such as Prakash [Padukone] Sir and Vimal [Kumar] Sir,” Jwala said in the presence of Ashwini, parents and coach and mentor Dronacharya awardee S.M. Arif.

“I know it is not going to be easy to come out of this mess and focus on the sport. But, still I don’t think this is the worst phase of my career. Let me be honest, I was never down in this fight for the right to play,” she said.

“I always believe that no one can stop me from playing unless I decide to quit the sport. I am born to play badminton and can’t think of anything else,” she said.



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