With due respect to Jwala and Ashwini, we need to move on: Gopichand

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa are still angry after the snub they received during the Indian Badminton League auction but despite that they have both said that they will play for their respective teams in the League that begins on August 14.

However, India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, who is also on the Indian Badminton League governing council, has said that they need to move on in the interest of the game.

File photo of Pullela Gopichand. Reuters

File photo of Pullela Gopichand. Reuters

Gopichand told the Times of India: "With due respoect to Jwala and Ashwini, I think we need to move on. I hope this issue is resolved. IBL is a revolutionary event in the world of badminton. It is benefiting many players and will improve the popularity of the game in the country. I thank BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta for taking the initiative to organise this event."

Gopichand was further asked what led to the reduction of the base price of the doubles stars, the India coach said he didn't know.

"But the fact is that players are extremely happy with the money they are going to get. IBL is something which will do a lot of good for the present and future players. We need to welcome it and take it in a positive direction."

Saina a good bet

In another interview, Gopichand said Saina Nehwal has a good chance of winning top honours at the upcoming World Championships in China.

"She is a role model for the young players. I think going into the tournament Saina will be one of the favourites to win a medal and she has a good chance of doing it and lets see how she progresses," said Gopichand.

"She has been working hard...the last three four weeks have been good for her and I do expect her to do well," said the former All England Open Badminton Championship winner.

Saina has been seeded No.3 in women's singles for the upcoming World Championships to be held between Aug 5-11 in Guangzhou, China.

Agencies

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