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Saina to skip trials for CWG, Asiad, Uber Cup

Olympic bronze medal-winning shuttler Saina Nehwal will skip the choice trials for the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Uber Cup to be held right here from April 15-20.

“Trials at this point make no sense. The Asian Games is still five months away. Two weeks after the Europe swing and a week-and-a-half before the Asian Championships (April 26-May 1 in Manila), I didn’t want to put my body through another set of matches. I can’t take that chance. It’s okay if other players are considered good enough and more deserving than I am. I have no problem,” former world No 1 Saina instructed ESPN.

While the Commonwealth Games are scheduled in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, the Asian Games might be held in Hangzhou, China from September 10-25. The 32-year-old is a two-time CWG champion and received bronze on the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. She additionally has a staff gold, silver and bronze every in CWG and a staff bronze from the continental Games. The world No 23 guided India to two bronze finishes on the Uber Cup (world ladies’s staff championships)—the 2 occasions India have medalled on the occasion. The Uber Cup is scheduled to be held in Bangkok from May 8-15.

“I skipped the Korea tournaments so I could prepare for the Asian Championships. In the middle of a busy stretch of tournaments, sudden trials do seem like a way of creating unnecessary pressure. I’ve had good results at the Games in the past but it’s not that I’m emotional about it. I just want to give all I have at whichever tournament I play next and do well for my country. That’s my simple target,” stated Saina.

Hyderabad-based Saina has had a poor run due to accidents and niggles. She suffered 4 second spherical defeats this year, dropping to lower-ranked gamers. She had additionally skipped the world championships in Huelva final year.

A BAI official stated on situation of anonymity that it’s but to take a call on Saina’s request.

The trials will see the participation of gamers ranked from 16-50 on the earth. Players who’ve notable performances within the worldwide circuit within the final three months might be chosen immediately alongside these ranked within the top-15 on the earth. The vacant spots might be crammed on the premise of performances within the trials. BAI will even finalise probables for the senior core group for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

While the CWG squad may have 10 members, the Asiad and Thomas and Uber Cup contingents may have 20 members every. An equal variety of women and men might be chosen.


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