BAI warn players against skipping training camp

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

The Badminton Association of India has warned players who skip the training camp of disciplinary action.

Hyderabad:

The Badminton Association of India has warned players who skip the training camp of disciplinary action. The next challenge before the players is to do well at the World Badminton Championships later this month. The players have no choice but to fall in line. Many top players had skipped the first training camp held under new national coach Pullela Gopichand. "It is a guidelines from the government of India that unless a player completes his coaching camp, he will not be permitted to represent the country," said Punnaiah Choudhary, Joint Secretary, BAI. India's top player Chetan Anand and his wife, doubles player Jwala Gutta, were the main absconders who chose to stay away from the national camp. "Nothing particular. I just felt I needed to work on my fitness a little bit on my own. That is the reason I was not here for the first camp," said Anand. But now that everyone has fallen in line the focus is on to do well at the World Badminton championships from September 18 to 24 in Spain. "In the singles we have some good hope that we could cause some upsets but to really say that they will win medals would be too high," said Pullela Gopichand, Chief National Badminton Coach. "It's world no 1 Zhang Ning whom I lost to. I gave a good fight but next time I am quite prepared to even beat her," said Saina Nehwal, Winner at Philippines Open. The 10-member Indian contingent will hope its top guns, Chetan and Saina, are able to match up to the best in the world in Madrid.

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